Friday, October 31, 2014

This Old House: Vol 5

"This Old House" is tired this week!   No new projects happened this week, but I have been dreaming of wainscoting.  Last week before the party I started painting the wainscoting in our dining room, that is on one wall.  Got 2 coats done, and it still needs at least one more. This room has no outside windows, so it tends to stay quite dark.  Painting the wainscoting on just one wall white really brightened the room up.  Now, to enlist my hubby to help me put more up on the other 3 walls.


The other walls of the room have dark green on the bottom half.

 I have not done any changes in the dining room color wise, maybe it is time!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Choosing Happiness: Vol 3

Today is the 3rd week I'm joining Becky at Choose Happy.

This Link Up is intended to learn more about what makes everyone happy, what happiness is to different people & learn how we can share our happiness with those around us. I hope this post series inspires you to Choose Happiness & to help spread it those around you.

What are your favorite Happiness quotes?

First thing I think of is God's Blessings.
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His blessings bring me much happiness.

Many time I forget...

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This here is HAPPINESS!!!!!  What keeps me going each day.

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 Psalms is always a inspiring place to go when you are down and needing to be lifted up.

Praying you are receiving the desires of your heart.

Linked with Choose Happy!  Join and examine yourself.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What I Wore 10/29

A while back I happened across a blog called The Pleated Poppy.  I enjoyed watching for what she wore each day, then life got crazy and I stopped reading her blog.  Funny thing is, recently Becky, from Choose Happy started linking up with her.  Since I am starting to blog a few times a week, I decided to attempt to join.

I am a stay at home mom that only tends to dress nicely a couple times a week I quickly came to the realization this was going to be a LOT harder then I thought!

My birthday with a ton of errands and a chiropractor appointment.  



Sweater:  Target
Tee:  Gap
Jeans:  Rue 21
Flats:  Airwalk from Payless
Necklace:  Origami Owl (Birthday present last year.  It has 4 little kids, 2 little girls with pig tails and 2 little boys.  Each have their birth stone on the belly.  One piece of jewelry besides my wedding ring that I wear almost every day!)

Birthday Party!!!  Taken after everyone had left and I was DEAD on my feet!


Sweater:  H&M
Tank:  Maurices
Belt:  Not sure where it came from
Jeans:  Rue 21
Boots:  Khol's
Necklace:  Origami Owl

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Currently: Vol 4


A few weeks ago, I started joining Hannah at Joyful Life with her "Currently" posts.  I look forward to linking up with her each week with an everyday post of our lives.

This weeks topics were....

Thinking:  About how blessed I am.  Last week I shared a birthday with my youngest child.  It was a crazy day, being a mom there is no such thing as a day off.  Yet, I won't trade it for anything (after a good nights sleep).

Birthday girl and I on our birthday


Dreaming:   A few hours away this week, with friends to a concert.  Sometimes mom needs a couple hours to recharge that battery.

Organizing:   This week, I need to sit down and organize at least two essential oils classes in November.

Laughing At:  The music on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, (playing in the background) the new favorite for the kids to watch this week.

Reading:  Invoices for my sisters business.  Supposed to be entering them, instead I'm distracted with doing my blog post.  Things are always a bit better with a good cup of tea sitting with you at your work station!



Favorite pictures from last week....

Got my living room painted before the birthday party which was my goal.
The birthday display turned out nice.  Cake was easier then I thought it was going to be.  Cupcakes and acorns were very easy and fun!!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Owl Themed 1st Birthday



Pinterest has to be one of the best things ever for moms that plan little kid's birthday parties.  My youngest turned one on Thursday, and today was her birthday party.  Even before she was born, I planned out her nursery with an owl theme.  So, it seemed fitting to plan her 1st birthday party with owls.  

She had a owl cake.  Taken from a couple different Pinterest pins I saw.


Owl cupcakes


Acorns


Apparently, I forgot to take a picture of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip to use with "Baby's 1st Food" (Graham Crackers and Teddy Grahams) and "Twigs" (long pretzels)

Being it is the end of October, I was able to use decorations from my favorite season....fall!


We made a fun "Owl Tree" from toilet paper rolls and cupcake liners.


Everyone was happily tired tonight!  I think a fun birthday was had by all.

Friday, October 24, 2014

This Old House: Vol 4

This week, I have been a painting fool!!  I finally decided on a color, blush pink.  Neither my husband 'nor I are pink faves, which made me nervous.  


It does lighten up the room, but it is VERY pink at night.  We have a birthday party here Sunday, so will see what people think.  Currently, my husband and I aren't too keen on it (especially at night).

During the week, I also touched up some of the trim, and painted the walls going up the stairs and the hallway.  It seems like once I start painting, the project never ends!  




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Choosing Happiness: Vol 2

Today is the second week I am linking up with Becky, from Choose Happy.

This weeks topic is:  What is my Happiness Story this week?

Easy....
 
Today, is this little girls 1st birthday!  Plus, she so happened to have been born on my birthday too.

She gives me something to celebrate now each year!


 Linked up with Choose Happy - Choosing Happiness

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What I Wore 10/22

A while back I happened across a blog called The Pleated Poppy.  I enjoyed watching for what she wore each day, then life got crazy and I stopped reading her blog.  Funny thing, is recently Becky, from Choose Happy started linking up with her.  Since I am starting to blog a few times a week, I decided to attempt to join.

I am a stay at home mom that only tends to dress nicely a couple times a week I quickly came to the realization this was going to be a LOT harder then I thought!

Day of Errands

Picture taken by the 3 year old makes for an interesting vantage point.

Tee - Gap
Sweater - Goodwill
Pants - Awesome American Eagle garage sale find!
Running Shoes - Under Armor

Painting
Comfy clothes for a day of painting

Tee - old 5K shirt from years ago
Jeans - favorite old pair of Levi's
Crocs

The one day of the week I do tend to dress up....church!


Dress - Maurices
Sweater - Goodwill
Shoes- DSW

Morning of Mom's Group and going to the store for more paint.


 I wasn't able to get a full shot of myself that day.  So I just took a couple shots to show some of my favorite parts of the outfit.

Boots - Ariat Fat Baby's
Pants - American Eagle Chinco garage sale find!
Necklace - Lia Sophia
Jacket - Chadwicks








Morning of playgroup with an eventing at doTERRA Post Convention

 Tunic - another Goodwill find
Legging - Motherhood Maternity (yes they are my favorite and even though that "baby" is turning a year tomorrow, I have yet to give up these pants!)
Flats - Payless


Think I did a little better this week on actually getting out of yoga pants and sweatshirts!!!!

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy - Check it out, it's fun to see everyone's creativity and get ideas.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Currently: Vol 3

A few weeks ago I started joining Hannah at Joyful Life with her Currently posts.  I look forward to linking up with her each week with out everyday post of our lives.

This weeks topics were....

Doing:  Getting ready for my mentor call with my upline through doTERRA to catch up, set goals and plan for the week with my business.  Also have a cranky almost 1 year old who is getting very frustrated trying to learn new things.  It is a fun stage but also a slightly frustrating one as a parent!

Silly girl, climbs up but can't get back down.  You help her down then she climbs right back up!

Planning:  In the mist of planning a 1 year old owl themed birthday.  Pintrest is one of the best things!  If you are interested check out some of my posts for cakes and birthday's.  Cakes-Birthdays
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Hoping to maybe do a couple of those ideas for her party!  First I need to finish painting my living room though which will be featured on my "This Old House" series on Friday.

Remembering:  To take time for myself this week!  My birthday is also this week being baby girl was born on my birthday.  With 4 little ones in the house, it is hard to take time for myself.  The living room painting project is for myself but sometimes I need to take time when she naps for a few minutes to do something special for myself.  The goal is to do my nails this week.

Wishing:  Sadly wishing for 6 hours to do shopping childfree!  It won't happen but would be nice to do some shopping for my birthday and get everything needed for the birthday party on Sunday.  And to make it even better would be someone to come in and clean my house for me especially being I want to work on a few house projects this week.



Loving:  This fall weather!  Again today the drive to Fleet Farm for more paint was just beautiful especially being the movie "Planes" was being played and all was quiet in the Suburban.

I'm also loving the support from my Monday morning Mom's group I attend each week.  Those ladies probably don't realize how big of place in my heart they really have.  It is so refreshing to get together with other moms with young children.

Hope everyone has a good week!  Mine is going to be hectic but fun!





Joyful Life

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekend Fun!

Was a busy weekend with company from out of town. 
Fun game going on at the coffee table!

Jam session after church for Christian and a birthday party isn't complete without cake.  Can't forget about Diego who's birthday was during the week!
Jamming

Birthday boys :)






Friday, October 17, 2014

This Old House: Vol 3

"This Old House" to cover the never ending projects that go into the old farmhouse.

My kitchen got a workout today!  Getting ready for potluck at church tomorrow, 2 birthday cakes for the party tomorrow night, to start.

Apple crisp, rice crispy bars, chocolate cake

Anyone want to come do dishes?!?!?


I also starting painting the living room.  Hopefully next week I will pictures of it finished.  Not sure I like the color but it is growing on me.  It really does brighten the room up even though I only got 2 walls painted so far.

Now I wish I had someone who would come behind me and clean up behind me.

Have a good weekend everyone!  It's going to be a busy one here with company, joined church service with potluck, birthday parties, and I'm sure more fun.

-Rachel

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What I Wore - 10/15

Awhile back I happened across a blog called The Pleated Poppy.  And I enjoyed watching for what she wore each day, then life got crazy and I stopped reading her blog.  Funny thing is recently Becky from Choose Happy started linking up with her.  And since I am starting to blog a few times a week I decided to attempt to join.

Okay, so I am a stay at home mom that only tends to dress nicely a couple times a week I quickly came to the realization this was going to be a LOT harder then I thought!


Family Fun Night on the Red Cedar Trail






 Fleece:  North Face
Down Vest:  Lands End
Jeans:  Levi's
Hat:  So old I'm not even sure where it came from :)
Shoes:  Under Armor running shoes

Beautiful church afternoon!

Cartigan:  Old Navy
Tank:  Maurices
Belt:  Target
Skirt:  Target
Heels:  DSW

Running errands in town

 Tee:  one of my favorite tee's, I'm sure it helps being it's a doTERRA one!
Long sleeve tee:  ?Target
Jeans:  Maurices
Shoes:  Under Armor running shoes


Hoping to keep myself a bit more accountable to actually take the time to do something for myself each day and document it.

Linked with The Pleated Poppy - What I Wore, it is fun to check out everyone's unique style!

-Rachel


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

First attempt Kombucha

Today my 1st batch of kombucha was ready.  Really quite a simple process, week ago my cousin gave me a kombucha scoby from her batches.  There is a few very simple steps of sugar in a quart jar, some black tea, adding hot water.  Letting it all seep and cool then adding your kombucha scoby and some starter.  Fun, simple and cheaper then buying in the store.  Since I know I don't like plain kombucha yet I went down to the pantry and got some grape juice from last fall and added it to it. 

How to Make Kombucha




And it is oh so good!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Currently: Vol 2



Happy Monday!  Okay so not as happy as it could be here at our house.  Moods are in high swing here and the fog this morning I don't think helped much.  But...it's Monday and time to continue the Currently Series.  This is only my 2nd week but I think it is good for me to reflect.  Jenna at A Mama Collective has stepped down but Hannah at Joyful Life has welcomed us to link up with her.  I look forward to linking up with her each week with our every day post of our lives.


Thinking:  Hmm thinking about too many things.  Of my blog posts for this coming week.  Keeping my kids from fighting too much.  They are off school today and for some reason everyone is at each others throats today.  And I need to get baby healthy, she seems to have caught a cold, cutting teeth and poor thing is miserable.

Making:  Kezia's birthday banner.  Can't believe she is going to be a year next week already!  Where did the time go.
Thinking of doing something simple like this instead of fabric ones like I've made for all the other kids.


Anticipating:  Hubby's 40th birthday party Saturday night.  He requested a jam session after church which should be fun.  Need to figure out a chocolate, with more chocolate, and even more chocolate cake for him.   Sounds like we will have company also so that means getting the house ready.  Maybe I will feel ambitious and start painting the living room this week instead of next week.

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Yum!  Too bad I won't be able to enjoy it with everyone but I enjoy making cakes.



Wearing:  Sabbath I actually took the time to dress up.  And felt quite pretty all day, something about putting on a pair of heels.  Otherwise I am living in jeans, fleece, and vests with this fall weather coming in.




Thankful for:  Not sure where to start!  Our Father above the loves us unconditionally, a wonderful husband, kids with only slight colds nothing more serious, a loving family and friends, heat in our house, some family time Friday night with a walk on the Red Cedar Trail followed with supper after at Culver's.

The kids enjoyed being able to ride their bikes since we are in the country and the driveway can get boring after awhile!