Friday, January 23, 2015

More or Less

Yes, a bright fresh New Year!
Or maybe no?
It is late January and all those good New Year's intentions are already starting to slip. In the midst of the Holiday chaos I did try to think of some juicy resolutions. All I really half-heartedly came up with was the typical work harder at being healthy, be a better wife and mother. Nothing wrong with that, but blah! Now that it is "do" time I am having a whole other feeling.
The true feeling that less is more. 
I am re-writing my New Year's resolutions... with a new perspective.
Live on less, schedule less, react less... you get the idea! It just seems like the world is already so chaotic, why do we always complicate with more, more, more. And why is it natural to judge each other with the standard that more means happier?
Need some inspiration for the New Year?
I know I couldn't say it better then THIS Into-Mind post. I won't get too personal with my revised goals for 2015, but the questions at the end were definitely thought provoking.
Cheers to a New Year and being content with less!

Saturday, November 8, 2014


It was one of those nights that as a parent you know you can never relive and you just want to squeeze the dickens out of every drop of memories made and commit them to memory forever.
Your baby only turns one once.
I know there will be many more birthdays, some probably more exciting then tonight's little family gathering. But tonight's birthday will probably be the only one lil'adventuress didn't have much of an opinion about and that momma got to plan from start to finish. In a way it was a celebration for me and a way to look back at the past "baby" year and silently celebrate.... "I made it!" I made it a whole year without sleeping through the night. Just kidding. Kind of.
More like I made it through that birth... that sickness... that booboo... that long car ride to the beach... that stage where it is so much more fun to throw all the food on the floor... that emptied baby powder all over the carpet... that huge diaper blowout at the restaurant...that worry... that teething nastiness.
But seeing her smiles tonight, all reveling in her new found skill of walking makes it all so worth it. I love it!
Here's to lil'adventuress and being one!

 And she adored her decorations, even if I did pick them out for her.

I decided to attempt her cake myself instead of shelling out the $40 for a custom cake at the bakery. I didn't think it turned out bad considering it only set me back $8 in supplies! And Sportsman-in-training got to lick like a bazillion beaters in the process. I am sure he wasn't complaining....

Lil'adventuress and her stylin cousin. Camo is the new chic ya know.

And everything (even wrapping paper) goes into the mouth. Just in case, you know... it tastes good or something!?

Censory and cake overload... the end.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Kilgore Falls

We don't let having babies in the house hold us back. Much. Taking them out hiking? Not even a second thought.
We recently meandered down to a secretive little spot called Kilgore Falls. Horror of horrors, we had to cross the Pennsylvania line into Maryland to get there. But at only 28 minutes from our house, we thought we would take the chance.
I have a thing for waterfalls, so in my opinion, this was breathtaking. I count myself blessed to live so close so we can visit again when the season changes to icicle gorgeousness.
Kilgore Falls is secretive because it is a fairly new parcel of 67 acre park land purchased by Maryland in 1993. Kilgore is the second highest free-falling waterfall in Maryland with the first being Muddy Creek out in Western Maryland.The hike back to the falls is 1.2 miles and while not stroller-able it is very doable with kids. For specifics click HERE The park is very blemish free... no porta potties, picnic tables, trail markers. Just plain jane. Perfect. Muddy Creek Falls is next on my list, but is a little more then a drive from our house and more like a whole weekend adventure. Anyone up for a hike? 
The Sportsman couldn't resist seeing what was behind the falls. It was a little chilly for me to brave a swim. Oh and I had a baby attached to me.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy to Help

Ah friends! What an amazing summer this has shaped up to be. I just came in from a refreshing little run up our hill to visit the goats. They were pretty happy to see me, or maybe it was just the yummy salad scraps I put in their dish that made them so happy. I know I have said it before, but country living is the life for this girl. Even so... I guess a person never knows how they will "settle" on a new little patch of earth until the settling starts to happen.
One of the reasons I was so hooked on this particular patch of earth was because I really envisioned my kids grasping a good work ethic while living here. We have only been here a few months, but having our little goat friends has already been a puzzle piece in teaching the tots about responsibility. And it is never to early to start. Mine are 4 years and 9 months. And neither of them misses a thing.
This particular day, Sportsman-in-Training wanted to take a book along to read to Jill and Bill. Sportsman-in-Training could probably feed the goats himself, but I go along to make sure the gates are buttoned up right. I put lil' adventuress in the jogging stroller and up the hill we all go. When we get close to the pen, lil' adventuress starts laughing and clapping her hands. She totally knows what is going on.
She also knows what goat food tastes like.
There are days that Sportsman-in-Training has said he doesn't want the goats anymore and wishes we didn't get them. Man that hurts this momma... but it is usually when goat feeding time interrupts his little play schedule. Once I explain why we need to feed the goats and actually do the "job" he is usually back to being his happy little self. It also has taken some gentle reminding that although goats are not people, we still have to respect them and treat them nice.
Then there are moments like these where a pet becomes part of the family and caring for them becomes more fun then like a chore. And isn't that what a good work ethic stems from? I have no idea where Sportsman-in-Training picked it up... but every now and then he says "Happy to help, momma!" and that is when I think to myself, "Yes, he gets it!".

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Stitch Fix {#1}

First of all... thanks Stitch Fix for educating my poor 4-year old son on what a real mature woman of XXX should look like. He asked me the other day what a dress was. It was then I thought my appearance and choice of dress might need a little tweaking. I haven't bought any real clothes since well before baby#2 and t-shirt and shorts have become my normal everywhere attire.
Enter.. Stitch Fix.
A nifty little company that sends you a box of 5 items whenever you want based on a personal profile that you provide. It's like having a personal shopper but way less expensive. It is $20 per box, but the FULL amount is credited toward any of your purchases. You also receive a hefty discount if you keep all the items. Also choose what prices you are comfortable paying. I chose the lowest, and felt the items I liked were worth the price.
So what was in the box!?
A personalized note from my stylist, along with little cue cards on what to pair with what. I really loved two of the items. First this cute chevron top. I liked the way it draped in back, the front was a little short but it worked.

And this dress. The Sportsman liked it, so I ended up keeping just the dress. The belt and shoes are mine and were actually on my donate to Goodwill pile. So I saved money on not having to buy a complete outfit. Yay!
The only negative was the necklace was missing a jewel. I wasn't terribly disappointed though since it is not my style and I would have sent it back regardless. Customer support was very quick in responding when I notified them of the problem.
They also sent a blue chevron maxi dress. I am just not a maxi dress person, I feel like I am wearing pj's in public. And a bird blousey thingy that was just way big, and I am not a big fan of birds.
Overall, I loved the experience. I loved not having to drag the kids to the mall to shop as well as being able to try the items on with my existing wardrobe and get opinions from my picky family members.
Want to give it a try?

Friday, July 11, 2014

One Hot Momma Summer Beverage

 It's Summer. It's Hot.
Who feels like packing the kids into a hot car for a cool summer Starbucks run... and paying an arm and a leg along the way... not this momma!
This is my summer go to beverage that takes me to another place far, far away from the kiddie pools, and baby dolls. But just for a minute, because I really do love those things.
My "I'm in a rush" version consists of two splashes of POM juice and a couple cups of tonic water. Easy! 

But my "kids are napping guilty pleasure" version goes like this.

Couple splashes of POM (I usually find this in the produce section of the grocery store), couple cups of tonic water, splash of cream, dollop of homemade whipped cream and a swizzle stick of strawberries.Think Italian cream soda. Yum.
The best part? You can control the calorie count. If you just use a splash of POM and diet tonic water this has nearly zero calories and very little sugar. 

Not to mention you can make three or four of these drinks for the cost of a Starbucks bevo. Feeling a little down? Replace the POM for Apple Cider Vinegar. Instant energy boost. 

Now turn off HGTV and go set up the sprinkler and do a little summer boogie with the kiddos! 
{That's me talking to myself by the way}.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Very Berry Pie

Hope you all are enjoying your holiday weekend. The highlight of mine was taking the kiddos out for their first fireworks show. Even lil'adventuress was totally into it! No pics, the poor stroller was at maximum capacity and would not allow for my camera bag. After we set up our little fireworks watching space a sweet little 5-year old girl walked over to us and said, "can I pet your baby?" So darn cute.

Anyways, just thought I would share my "kids are napping at the same time, omg... quick do something before they wake up" effort of the day.

Very. Berry. Pie.

Yum. I took advantage of all the fresh berries that are in season and whipped this baby up. You can use any mix of 4 1/2 cups of berries, this one is half strawberry and half blueberry. Enjoy!


Pastry for double crust pie:
2 cups flour
1/2 t salt
2/3 cup butter cubed and chilled
6 T ice water

Berry Filling:
4 1/2 cups choice of berries
1/2 c white sugar
3 T cornstarch

  1. Combine the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture, then gently toss with a fork. Push moistened portion to the side of the bowl. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until all is moistened. Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a ball and flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Transfer one piece of dough to a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough from the center to the edges to form a 12-inch circle. Wrap the crust around the rolling pin. Unroll it onto a 9-inch pie plate. Ease the crust into the pie plate, being careful not to stretch it. Trim the bottom crust evenly with the rim of the pie plate, and return the pastry-lined pie plate to the refrigerator.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar and cornstarch. Add the berries gently toss until berries are coated. Allow fruit mixture to stand for about 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375.
  5. Roll out the remaining pastry for the top crust. Stir the berry mixture and pour the filling into the pastry-lined pie plate. Place the top crust over the pie and trim the edges, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Fold the top crust under the bottom crust, pressing lightly to seal. Crimp the edges of the crust and cut vents in the top to allow steam to escape. To prevent over-browning, cover the edge of the pie with foil.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove the foil.
  7. Bake for an additional 20 to 30 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the crust is golden. Cool on a wire rack.
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