Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Our trip to the pumpkin farm ~
October 2015

Our little pumpkins...

So serious...

Oh my how she loved the little goats...

Liam almost got licked in the face...

He picked out his very own pumpkin...

Chloe did too...

Liam and I searching for a big one...

And the must-have cut-out photo!

Photos of our carved & painted be continued.....

Photos of the Pumpkin Farm 2014
Photos of the Pumpkin Farm 2012

Friday, October 23, 2015

Things I'm Diggin' Part 2

I shared a post a few months ago with some of my favorite things. I got feedback from friends and family that they liked seeing what products other people like, so I thought I'd share another one.

Here are a few totally random products I'm diggin' lately:

I bought one for our master bathroom. Then I bought one for our kitchen. And I'm pretty sure I'll be getting one for our guest bathroom sometime soon.  Cute and easy to use. Win-win.

We've tried numerous floor cleaners on our kitchen's hardwood floors, and this is the only one I've found that smells good (like citrus instead of yucky cleaner), cleans really well AND does not leave a residue on the darn floor! It's also non-toxic and plant based, so that makes me love it even more.

Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. That's it.

Wool Dryer Balls, found on Etsy here
I pretty much despise dryer sheets (I don't like the smell, the chemicals). I haven't used them in years. So these natural dryer balls, which are hand-felted and have no dyes or chemicals added, work AWESOME to help keep our laundry fluffy. The only downfall is that they sometimes get lost amongst the bedsheets. But I'll take lost balls over dryer-sheet-smelly shirts any day :)

Boots Botanics Micellar 3 In 1 Cleansing Solution, bought at Target
I trio this with my Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil and Botanics Cleansing Foam Wash. When I want to 'freshen' my face during the day I'll apply it to my face quick and let it air dry. Then at night when I'm lazy I use it to remove eye/face makeup, let it air dry and then finish with the facial oil. I love that it's easy, smells good & is fine for my sensitive skin.

Braun Thermoscan Forehead Thermometer
We bought a different thermometer - the Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer - after Liam was born and it has worked great. But Chloe does NOT let us get near her ears to stick it in, so we just invested in the forehead one (at $50) and it's been great so far! It's easy to use, accurate and it keeps Chloe happy(ish).

And last but not least...the sweet treat that keeps me sane going during the month of October...

Russell Stover Caramel & Marshmallow Pumpkins
Also shaped like eggs during Easter and shaped liked Santa during Christmas :) :) :) I pretty much can't sum up anything better than a) milk chocolate b) caramel and c) marshmallow all in one little nugget. I can't leave Walgreen's without handful of these babies. Who else is obsessed with these?

Have a nice weekend!

For more things I like, check out Things I'm Diggin' Part 1

Thursday, October 8, 2015

My dad

Today is an anniversary. Not a happy anniversary. A sad one, actually. It has been twelve years since my dad passed away. Twelve years since I held my dad's hand as he took his final breathe on Earth. How TWELVE years have gone by already is just beyond my comprehension!

Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him and wish he could meet my husband and kids. I miss his laugh, his kindness and his bear hugs.

His death still causes pain in my heart. I still don't 'understand' why he was taken away from this Earth at such a young age, away from his family and friends that loved him SO much. But 'time' itself has helped heal my soul. I know that he is in heaven. He was meant for heaven! And when I die I know he'll be waiting there for me with a huge smile :)

I remember the great times we had. The support he gave. The hard work he did. The kindness he bestowed upon every person he came in contact with.

And now a few photos to share! Some pretty amazing 70s, 80s and 90s ones! I can't look at these and not smile :) Photos are such a wonderful thing to have...which is why I take so many NOW.

I snapped these with my iPhone straight from my mom's photos albums (the kind of albums with the clear film that holds the photos onto the page) and from some photo collages my mom still has from his funeral (which are behind glass) -- so please excuse the glare & grainy quality of some of these.

My dad's Senior photo.
Is it just me, or did people look WAY older than their age back then?

Check out those pork chops lol! (aka sideburns)

My mom and dad on their wedding day in 1973.
They were high school sweet hearts.
They were even homecoming King & Queen :)

"Up north," sometime in the 70s.

My dad LOVED to dance. 

My dad, holding me right after I was born. 
I guess they made the dads wear gowns in the hospital back then too??

Three kids. I wonder why he looks so tired?
Nate - this photo reminds me of you!

A good 'ol family trip to Wisconsin Dells. In the 80s....
Nate's shorts are hilarious.
Jason, are you even wearing shorts?

I wonder what he's thinking in this photo? 
I also wonder why he wore that shirt.

My dad and I up at our cabin. Mid 90's. I just saw this photo yesterday at my mom's house and my immediate thought was "holy cow, that totally looks like my dad is holding Chloe!" But it's really my sweet niece Caroline when she was around 1-year old. Check out the comparison of Caroline/Chloe:

I could add so many more photos! But I have to stop somewhere. So I'll add some more next year :)

I miss you dad!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Just add ice cream

Some friends of ours recently welcomed their third beautiful child into the world (yay cheese!). I'm well aware that the first few months post-baby are awesome-amazing-crazy-chaotic-tiring all rolled into one. A new baby takes up so much of your time. And if you have another kid or two or three in the house already, add a newborn to the mix and the other kid(s) miraculously NEED your attention every second of the day too :) Am I right?

So what is a friend to do in this situation? Maybe do something nice for the mom, dad and preexisting kids that EVERYone can enjoy? Something fun and yummy that gives everyone a bit of a break from the normal day-to-day craziness (meals, diapers, naps, etc). 

I took to Pinterest to look for some ideas and came across a little 'care package' basket that was ice cream themed. Basically, you fill a basket with ice creams toppings so the family can set themselves up a little 'ice cream bar' at their home when they find the right time!

So that's what I did. Because I'm pretty sure all kids and adults love ice cream, right? And marshmallows and sprinkles and cherries?

Here's the quick little box I put together for our friends. I had Matt drop it off on their front doorstep this weekend.

These little blue containers worked great for the toppings -

I found this box in our basement. A decorative basket would have looked much nicer but a) the box was free and 2) they don't have to return it to us, which is important!

And a quick little note -

Hopefully the kids are over their ice-cream-sundae-induced sugar high by now..... he he he :)