Friday, March 16, 2018

five on friday

{1} So Edith is frequently asking me to sing her a new lullaby before bed. I'll be honest, I'm tired and by 8 pm totally mentally fried. So when T-Pain's "Buy You a Drank" popped into my mind one night, I modified it slightly and played it off as toddler appropriate. Naturally, it quickly became both Edith and Elden's favorite lullaby, so they now have the words memorized. #unconventionallullaby #momoftheyear

{2} I shared a few thoughts about the #walkout protest yesterday.

{3} Elden is hands down my pickiest eater. Edith is always willing to try new things but has many favorites she falls back on. They love chicken nuggets, but only the frozen kind, never any homemade varieties I attempt. I've been searching for a healthier alternative and when I saw these Kidfresh meatballs in the Target frozen section I decided to give it a shot. The verdict is in: my kids are obsessed. Now the next step is minimizing processed foods all together.

{4} Etta has been particularly clingy and challenging lately. She loves to hit when she isn't getting her way. She thinks all animals are called "Pip." She loves accessories arguably more than Edith.

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{5} In case anyone is in the market, the Silhouette Portrait 2 Starter Bundle is on sale on Amazon today - $139.99 (normally $200+)!

Linking up with KatieAprilAndreaNarci and Erika!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

walk out

I realized yesterday that I am a bit of an emotional baker. When I have big feelings that I can't really verbalize, I bake.

So after spending the day at work, hearing my fellow adults--parents of teenagers--disparage their children for participating in the #walkout protest yesterday... I was feeling some things.

So I baked this vegan chocolate cake (in cupcake form) and frosted them with this vegan chocolate frosting (substituting coconut oil for vegan butter which really sealed the deal).

After indulging in some cake batter, some words started to form and I tweeted this:
Maybe I'm naive since I don't currently have teenagers. But I'm perplexed by the amount / type of criticism I heard yesterday. 

We disparage teenagers for being a lazy or not caring about anything but themselves.

Then they take action and find something noble they do care about and we write them off and tell them they're too young and dumb to know better.

You don't think your child knows why they are walking out? Talk to them. Explain it to them. Have candid conversations. And give them some freaking credit. 

I'm not feeling particularly eloquent, especially since I don't have teenagers. Amy does, though, and she wrote this post that I think everyone should read.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

easter mini's {2018}

A few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to do an Easter mini session with Liz. She has done photos for us two other times (Elden's newborn session and an Easter mini before Etta was born) so we knew we were going to walk away with some really great pictures.

I was definitely worried about honey badger Etta, though. She is a very skeptical person. She does not smile around new people and she also doesn't stay in one place for long.

Well, I had no need to worry because within ten minutes of our arrival Liz was able to capture these:

i mean seriously, shut your face. this is amazing.

If you are in Northeast Ohio, I cannot recommend Liz enough. She takes beautiful pictures and the kids clearly are at ease around her. 

Monday, March 12, 2018


Not too long ago I mentioned feeling like I would hit a wall eventually because I have been running myself ragged between work, trying to be an okayish mom, exercising, etc.

I met that wall this weekend.

I have zero motivation to eat healthy or work out. I am so tired. This winter feels like it's never going to end.

Jon and I have been talking a lot about our housing situation. He is convinced we should downsize our mortgage because he thinks a pretty big recession is going to occur in the next 5-10 years. I don't necessarily think he's wrong, but I also know I have no desire to uproot everything again. For now, we are working through the bigger projects at our planned pace (should finish the bathrooms by early May) and then we will reevaluate. If you know anyone who has an old farmhouse in the Cleveland, OH, / Akron, OH, areas and may be interested in selling it to us... please email me. :)

We kept Elden home from school all week because he had a fever Sunday and a lingering cough. He and Edith were inseparable all week and I think that took its toll:

Our weekend was otherwise low-key. We mostly stayed in. Both Jon's and my parents came by to visit. I am so ready for spring.

Friday, March 9, 2018

five on friday

{1} First things first! The winner of the Baker Creek Heirloom seed collection is Emily Lynn! Emily, I emailed you so please get back to me with your address and I can work with Baker Creek to get those shipped.

{2} We had some Easter minis with Liz and OMG. More photos forthcoming.

{3} Jon made homemade falafel last night and he totally outdid himself. I'm dreaming of it this morning.

{4} Edith started doing quiet time with Elden instead of naps. We may need to go back to nap time because neither kid can hang.

{5} One more from the Easter minis. This is Elden with his beloved Ted. The same Ted he's had since the day he was born. He loves his stuffed animals (he calls them his friends) and there is something so so sweet and perfect about this totally candid moment Liz captured. I can't stop staring at it.

Linking up with KatieAprilAndreaNarci and Erika!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

just popping in

Onset of sudden illnesses at our house have made for a crazy few days. This is just a friendly reminder to enter the Baker Creek giveaway because it closes at midnight EST tonight!

In the meantime, here is a short video of Etta rocking out to Jack Johnson. She does this every time we listen to this CD in the car, and given the fact that it's all three kids' favorite, we listen to it often.

Monday, March 5, 2018


Overall, the weekend was nice and low-key. Unfortunately, all three kids have runny noses and as of yesterday Elden had a fever so we are praying this isn't flu 2.0.

On Friday it had snowed overnight and while I am definitely at the point of despair in terms of winter weather, even I have to admit it was pretty.
 After dinner, I needed to shovel the drive (Jon wasn't feeling well). I had promised the kids they could play in the snow while I did that. Etta did not want to be left behind so she had her first snow experience and she loved every second. Once I was done shoveling I made a little hill in the front so the big kids could sled down it. I'm pretty sure I won mom of the year award for that one.
Once the kids were in bed I went to dinner at Aladdin's with a few girlfriends. I got the falafel wrapped and it hit all the spots.

Saturday we managed to snag an Easter mini session with Liz. I had my doubts since Etta is a honey badger but based on this sneak peek I'm pretty sure I will be giving her all my money.
The rest of Saturday was spent doing mostly nothing. Jon's parent's came by for a bit to visit with the kids. I also prepped a meal for some friends who had a new baby and that included these refrigerator pickles. For both of us.
Jon ran sound at church Sunday and given the amount of boogers draining from our children's noses I decided to stay home with them. It was a rough morning. A certain little lady wouldn't leave me alone.
My parents came over in the afternoon to see the kids. I don't think they realize how lucky they are to have four grandparents who love them senseless. All throughout the weekend we worked on putting Edith's new dresser together. We had been using an IKEA wardrobe as her dresser but after being moved three times it was totally falling apart and a major safety hazard. I am amazed at how much bigger the room feels without the giant wardrobe in it!
Finally, don't forget to enter the drawing for the heirloom seeds from Baker Creek worth $48!

Linking up with BLovedBoston and The Sirois Family

Friday, March 2, 2018

five on friday

{1} Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Giveaway! Have you entered yet? If not, click over to this post and enter to win with the Rafflecopter widget.

{2} Current mood. Yes, we did get about 4" of snow last night. #overit

{3} Edith has been begging for a short haircut for a little over a month. I was resistant partially because I was worried she'd regret it (no ponytails = all the gnashing of teeth = mommy goes insane) but also because I had been trying to grow her hair out so I could braid it and whatnot. I finally caved (something about teaching her autonomy) and she is so happy. That eases the pain a bit.

{4} In an effort to forget about the snow, I made a Mediterranean couscous bowl last night. I have officially decided I do not like parsley in the least, but  this bowl was delicious in spite of that potentially fatal flaw.

{5} MOMS HIP HOP IS MY FAVORITE. This week one of my besties, Alli, and her mom came along. You guys. I have not laughed that hard in ages. I legit peed my pants a little (don't hate, I've given birth 3 times). I am still terrible. It is still ok that I am still terrible.

Linking up with KatieAprilAndreaNarci and Erika!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

baker creek heirloom seeds {giveaway!}

Yesterday I mentioned how excited we are to start our seedlings for our garden. Every year Jon waits with baited breath for the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog to show up at our house. He spends hours poring over it, plotting out our garden for the year.

It is no secret that we love Baker Creek. I listed out the five main reasons why last year.
This year is no different and we already ordered our seeds. In addition to some of our favorites from previous years, such as this zucchini and this tomato, this year we picked out a few new items to try:
{May Queen lettuce}
{Lucid Gem tomato}
{Zebrune shallot onion}
We also already purchased:
-this grow light
-this potting mix
-these seedling bags
-this vegan fertilizer
-these seed starter trays in order to start our Baker Creed seedlings. 

Once again this year, Baker Creek has partnered with me to give away an Heirloom Seed Collection worth $48! 
Simply use the widget below to enter and come back on Friday, March 9th to find out the winner!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: Baker Creek offered to give away an heirloom seed collection at no cost to me as part of this blog post. All opinions and thoughts are my own.