Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Little Deer

My little Oona turned five yesterday, and I am overflowing with gratitude for this amazing person. I hope you have many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Blessings to all!

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

47/52 Cooking Birthday Magic

 "A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fairy Tales and Yarn Tails

Taking Stock (at 33!):
Making : a birthday blouse and some doll diapers for Christmas
Cooking : wrap with hummus and avocado and cucumber for lunch
Drinking : coffee, soon
Reading: "Furs Not Mine" (a birthday book of poetry from Jake) and "The Tasha Tudor Fairy Tales" from my mom and dad
Wanting: to have time to work on some Christmas projects today
Looking: for ways to get the house organized
Playing: with wool felt
Deciding: what my next sewing project will be
Wishing: Bernie Sanders to be president
Enjoying: staring at my basket of colorful yarn as I type
Waiting: to take Oona to school
Liking: this recipe for "jeweled rice" for the holidays
Wondering: why I can't get the one step buttonhole to work on my machine
Loving: snuggling kitties
Pondering: which color yarn to start with
Considering: hibernating this winter
Buying: too much stuff on Amazon for the holidays (urrgh... I wanted to buy more local, but they make it too easy)
Watching: my kids play in the bath
Hoping: for a sunny day
Marveling: at how quick the year has gone
Cringing: at all the horrors in the world
Needing: to finish up some projects for Oona's birthday
Questioning: why creativity is so short changed in U.S. public schools... Children need more play time!
Smelling: peppermint salve
Wearing: my Mexican heart necklace
Following: my nose to that cup of coffee
Noticing: that I need more time to play, too!
Knowing: this list is taking ridiculously long... what happened to my brain
Thinking: of getting up earlier to walk each day (I've really fallen out of practice this year!)
Admiring: my new fabric
Sorting: through old kid drawings
Getting: use to the November grey
Bookmarking: craft projects for kids like this one for growing crystals for holiday decorations
Coveting: my new infinity scarf that I crocheted... originally it was suppose to be a Christmas present but I fell in love with the color
Disliking: how fast the end of the year moves
Opening: presents on Oona's birthday very soon
Giggling: at the games my girls play together
Feeling: extremely exhausted... must get out into the sunshine
Snacking: on my thoughts
Helping: Oona get ready for school
Hearing: sisters giggling

Thanks to "Meet Me at Mike's" blog for the fun list

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .


Monday, November 16, 2015

Cleaning Rhythm

It's that time of year when we start spending a lot more time indoors around here, and I suddenly feel at war with my surroundings. I'm not going to lie, my two and a half year old can turn a box of blocks into a tsunami in a matter of seconds. It's frustrating, but also comes with the territory of living with little people. We work on encouraging and insisting on help from our children (especially when it's their mess!), but chaos is still a major part of our world right now. Aside from kid disasters, there's all the other little things that need to happen in a home everyday and every week. I'm trying to get more organized about taking care of all these little things so when the tsunami hits, there is still something holding everything else together. I started this little cleaning chart for myself to stay a little more on top of things back at the beginning of the Fall. It's not written in stone. I seldom complete all of the task for each day, but it reminds of the things that need to get tended to in order to keep the chaos levels down. I picked a room for each day of the week to focus on (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc). I have Mondays off, but sometimes I just catch up on things I missed on that day. I also include a few errands and misc. things like groceries and garbage day just to remind me. Each night of the week we have an activity (art, story, music, movie night, etc.). Sometimes it works, sometimes we do what we feel like. I think I also need to make a list of daily chores to keep me on task with that as well. Even though I hardly ever keep up with this list because other day to day things throw me off course, it helps me to remember all the general maintenance that needs doing, some of which I neglected terribly before making this chart. I remind myself often not to let this be a thing of guilt, but just helpful reminders. As soon as you start to feel guilty it's all down hill. The next step is a big purge in junk before the holidays. Anyone have any great cleaning tips to share? I am no expert.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

45/52 Singing in the Rain

"A portrait of my girl, once a week, every week in 2015"
Oona and Elsa: taking advantage of a rainy November day

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Welcome November (a little late)! The trees are the color of ash, and there's a hint of wood smoke in the air. October ended with coughs and sneezes, and my littlest, in particular, has needed lots of extra cuddles. I have not been feeling tip top, myself, so its become necessary to slow down and tend to my own needs, as well. It's very easy as a mom to neglect your own needs, but when your sick, getting better quickly is advantageous for everyone. So I tend to pay more attention to what I'm consuming and give myself a little more patience and understanding. It's also my birthday week (tomorrow!), so focusing a little more on self-care feels about right.

For the cold, I am:
- drinking lemon water with a tiny pinch of cayenne
- eating homemade brothy soup
- gargling salt water
- putting my head under a towel with a bowl of steaming herbs and essential oil (dried rosemary and sage and two drops of eucalyptus oil)... I do this for five to ten minutes or whatever the kids will allow.
- using a hot water bottle on my chest at night
- getting fresh air
- oil pulling with coconut oil
- giving the kiddos spoons of raw honey
* I need to pick up some elderberry syrup, too!

For my spirit, I am:
- reading poetry
- raking leaves
- walking when I can
- using one of my herbal flax seed eye pillows in the evening
- starting to keep a daily gratitude list
- hugging more
- making a few projects for myself
- having low expectations (sometimes necessary)

I find this time of year, in the cool climate we live in, it's easy for me to feel melancholy and dissatisfied. The days are darker and the lack of sunshine really brings me down, and makes me fatigued. I try to get outside when I can and take some extra vitamin D3 droplets for this.

I hope you are enjoying good health and happiness where ever you are. If you have any amazing natural cold remedies, please share!

Here is my Vegan/Vegetarian Thai Curry Soup Recipe (Serves 1-2 people)

- 1.5 to 2 cups water
- clove of garlic diced
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger diced
-1/4 medium onion diced
- 1 small to medium carrot diced
- handful of broccoli chopped finely
- handful fresh diced chives (optional)
- one kaffir lime leaf ( optional)
- cilantro
-1/4 teaspoon turmeric
-1/4 teaspoon curry
-dash of cayenne
- handful of rice noodles

Sauté onions and garlic in a little bit of olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes. Add water and all other ingredients except  salt, cilantro and noodles. When it comes to a boil add noodles and cook until tender. Add cilantro and salt to taste and serve!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


It's the season of making, gift giving, and celebrations. So often I make driven by some purpose... a craft fair, a birthday, a holiday, or a festival and I don't allow myself to make just because (or don't have time to!)... My kids make just because all the time, and I sometimes envy that freedom.  Last week we were lucky to have some extra days off from preschool. Though many were spent sick,  Oona and I did some crafting together just because. She asked me to make a little needle felted doll for her, and by the end of it all she had learned to needle felt too! I was very nervous to let her use the sharp needle, but she was very eager to learn, and was very careful with it. Mama made most of the little doll for her, but she helped with the face and crown, which were added later. She also started making little felt balls, which we decided would be used for a garland for her birthday. So I guess even when you are making something "just because" it can find a purpose, too! Elsa, of course needed a little doll too.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Sunday, November 1, 2015

44/52 Llama Princesses

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Oona: getting ready to head to preschool in her llama princess costume... that smile makes the extra work of a homemade costume totally worth it

Elsa: on Halloween night... going as a two year old because she refused to wear her llama princess hat or shoes or a coat and we basically had to force the tights on her legs after much coaxing so she wouldn't freeze outside... she drew red circles and lines on her face, and had me give her a heart nose. She did have a great time once we finally made it out the door to trick-or-treat and go to our town's Halloween party. 

Happy Halloween!