November 15, 2011

we made brownies

 I'm a huge believer in letting kids make a mess! 
I think it's all part of learning, exploring and on top of that, it's just plain fun! 
A lot of people think I'm crazy (including my husband), but life is supposed to be messy right?!

November 14, 2011

guest blogging @ dot...in the city today


I'm guest blogging over at dot...in the city today about tips to save money at the grocery store.
'Tis the season to save!

Check it out HERE

November 11, 2011

little things of the week

 Watching the movie Cars with my little man.  I swear he could watch it on replay ALL DAY LONG.
 Capturing beautiful fall pictures
Salmon!  Lindsey (my future sister-in-law) has been living with us for her last semester of school and we've been enjoying some a-ma-zing meals including LOTS of grilled salmon!! 
Dayton LOVES salmon too and he's not afraid to tell you.
Moccasins! I love pulling out my moccasins this time of year! They are my favorite.
Coloring!  We do a lot of coloring in our neck of the woods. 
We're pretty sure Day is going to be a lefty.
Lindsey's sweet mom stayed over Wednesday night on her way to the airport and gifted us some salsa and homemade pickles!  Can't wait to crack the seal on those!  So, so sweet of her ;-)

Have a great weekend everyone!
Remember to cherish the little things; everyday.

November 10, 2011

guest blogging @ dondalee's today!


Happy Thursday everyone!

I'm guest blogging over at DondaLee's today about rejoicing in life's little things!
Stop by and say hi:  HERE

my wish for you



November 8, 2011

natural remedies for cold and flu symptoms

Cold and flu season is upon us here in the Midwest.  I am a huge believer in natural remedies to cure the crud.  Both my little man and I have already caught the crud and by using just a few of these simple tricks, the crud didn't last long.  I keep these tips taped inside my cupboard and refer to them often this time of year.  You can find the full article HERE.


Why Use Home Remedies?
Effectiveness. Many OTC medications simply mask the symptoms, while home remedies work to heal your body and at the same time provide relief from the uncomfortable symptoms.

Safety. Many OTC medications are not safe for children, and in fact, the FDA recommends that parents not give any cough and cold medicine to children under age 2.

Convenience. Many home remedies are things you are likely to have around your home already, which saves you from having to run to the store when you’re feeling under the weather.


Symptoms and ways to cure them:
Cough
Honey. Take a teaspoon of honey straight, or make some herbal tea and add honey. You can also add a squeeze of lemon to a spoonful of honey for some extra Vitamin C. Be sure not to give honey to children under one though.

Scratchy/Sore Throat
Salt Water Gargle. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargle four times a day.

Garlic. Raw garlic is best if you can stomach it. I sometimes mix raw garlic into a spoonful of honey, which helps it go down easier and I get the benefits of both honey and garlic. If raw garlic is not an option, load up some soup with garlic and eat that.

Stuffy Nose
Try a Neti Pot or make your own salt water rinse. Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water and use a bulb syringe to squirt the salt water mixture into one nostril at a time, while plugging the other nostril.

Use a menthol salve under your nose both to help you breathe easier, and to relieve irritated, raw skin. You can make your own salve by heating a cup of oil such as olive oil or coconut oil (or a mix,) and 1/4 cup beeswax in a double-boiler over low heat until the beeswax is melted. Then pour into containers and add 10-20 drops eucalyptus essential oil while it is still warm. Once the salve cools and thickens, if you want to adjust the thickness of the salve, simply heat it again and add more beeswax. You can also experiment with adding other essential oils, such as lavender.

Onions Beside the Bed. Cut up an onion and place it by your bed at night to relieve congestion, stuffy nose, and ease a sore throat.

Congestion
Eucalyptus Steam. Fill a sink or large bowl with steaming water and drop a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in the water. Lean over the sink or bowl, covering your head with a towel and breathe in the steam. For young children, you can simply turn on a hot shower in a small bathroom and allow the room to fill with steam, then sit with them in the steamy room.

Homemade “Vapo” Rub. Add a drop or two of eucalyptus essential oil to 1-2 teaspoons of a carrier oil. Rub this mixture on your chest, bottoms of your feet, and even under your nose.

Humidifier. Use a humidifier at night to keep the air moist. You can also add some eucalyptus essential oil to some models, but check your manual first.

Stay Well Hydrated. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day. Clear broths and soups are especially good too, as well as herbal teas. Avoid drinks with caffeine because they can dehydrate you.

Apply warm compresses to your sinuses if you’re having trouble breathing through your nose.

Elevate your head with a few extra pillows at night to help you breathe better throughout the night. For young children, roll some towels or place pillows under the head of the mattress to elevate that end of the bed.

Stay well everyone!

November 7, 2011

park time

One of my favorite things is to go to the park with my family.  I absolutly love the time we spend there.  We're trying to soak up as much time at the park as we can right now before the snow flies. 
 I think Day could sit and swing all day if he could.
We told him he could go close to the water, but not in the water.  I love that he puts his hands in his pockets! What a little man!
Are you ready for the snow to fly?
I AM, I AM!! 
I love the snow and can't wait to get my snowshoes out!

November 5, 2011

to make you smile

Just a little picture today to make you smile ;-)

Have a great day everyone!

November 4, 2011

little things of the week {free printable}

playing legos with my little man at 5:30 am in the morning. 
lovely notes left on our chalkboard by vistors
my sweet new earring holder made by my super talented husband ;-)
the best part is that there's plenty of room for more!!
It's NOVEMBER!  The month of my favorite holiday of the year!
{get this free printable here}

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November 2, 2011

lucky.


I recently found myself sitting in a patch of four and five leaf clovers. I kept searching and kept finding more and more.  I even wondered if finding a five leaf clover was more lucky.  After making this 'lucky' discovery it had me thinking about all the ways that I am lucky.  I'm lucky to be a wife, a mommy, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend, and so much more.  I'm lucky to have such great love surrounding me in my life.  I'm lucky to know what it feels like to be lucky (hope that makes sense) :-) 

As I'm writing this I'm reflecting on what a tough day this past Saturday was.  Our 2-year old was in full swing "terrible 2" mode. Everything I said and did he fought back.  He challenged me like he never has before.  I felt like giving up at times, feeling like anything I did, failed.  At the end of tough days like Saturday was, it's hard not to remember how lucky I am to be a mommy in the first place.  Even if at times I feel like I'm losing it. 

We are lucky as moms because God has given us the ability to keep it all together (most of the time) and prevail in the end.  We are often challenged in ways we never thought imaginable and somehow we push ourselves even harder.  It's the instinct inside of us.  Tough days make the better days more beautiful.  

I am one lucky mommy, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and more.


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November 1, 2011

sweet little skeleton

Our little man was the sweetest little skeleton for Halloween.  We went trick or treating, handed out candy and ate pizza shaped like a pumpkin with grandma and grandpa Sipple and auntie Lindsey! 
Tony had to leave for work at 6 :-( so my parents went with me to take Day around the neighborhood to trick or treat.  This was his first time out and he had a blast to say the least! 

The first couple houses we stopped at Day would say, "Happy Birthday" instead of trick or treat.  It was so funny!  I guess he had good intentions, right?!

October 31, 2011

extra easy lasagna


One of my hubs' favorite foods is lasagna.  To be honest, I was too afraid to make it for him for years because it looked way too complicated.  But since I knew it was his favorite I figured I better suck it up and give it a try.  My mom gave me a super easy recipe (you don't even have to cook the noodles) and now it's one of my favorite things to make.  It's total comfort food and since the long winter months are on their way here in Wisconsin I thought I would share it with you so you give this super easy recipe a try.

Ingredients:
3/4 lb. ground beef (I use turkey)
3 C. spaghetti sauce
15 oz. ricotta cheese (I use cottage cheese)
2 C. shredded mozzarella
6 uncooked lasagna noodles
1/4 C. water

Directions:
Cook ground beef (or turkey) according to directions.  Add spaghetti sauce, heat through.  In a 2 quart oblong baking dish spread 1 1/2 C. meat mixture. Top with 3 uncooked lasagna noodles, half the ricotta (or cottage) cheese and half the mozzarella cheese.  Repeat layers.  Slowly pour water around inside edges of baking dish.  Cover tightly with foil.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.  Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

October 28, 2011

little things that make me happy

My sweet new mug sleeve I won from here.
The last bright colors of the year.
Walks with the family
My favorite boots ever
Sparkling lemon water from Trader Joes
Yummy pomegranates

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October 26, 2011

live simply, live happy



Living a simple life is very important to me. I actually strive to live simply because I feel like it makes my soul happy and helps me to focus on the little, beautiful things in life that surround us everyday.  I often get asked what about my life is so simple?  My response is typically because I don't have a lot of "clutter" in my life. Clutter can be physical things, a crazy busy work and personal schedule, or even negative people that bring you down. I try to keep my life free of this clutter and have found over the years that life is so much sweeter without the clutter.

When I was a junior in High School I took a trip to Peru, South America. I stayed for 12 days in the Amazon Rainforest and visited villages where people had very little.  They lived in shacks, ate meals covered with bugs and wore mismatched clothing.  However, something to this day stands out in my mind about them; they were so happy and so beautiful! They live these simple lives, free of clutter and even though they don't have much, they have enough.  When you feel like you have enough in your life it can be such a satisfying feeling.

I don't have clutter in my house, I'm not involved in a lot of activities because I would rather spend that time with my family and I keep the negative people out of my life. I feel so blessed that my life has evolved into this simple way of living because it's truly what makes me happy. 

Too often I hear people complaining about their cluttered house and crazy schedules when they could be doing something about it. Clear some of the activities out of your life and spend a little more time with your family, donate your clutter and free your life of the negative people.

Live simply.

What do you do to live your life simply?
What is one thing you could do to live more simply?

October 25, 2011

weekend with my bestie and little man

My best friend lives near WI Dells, about 3 hours from me ;-(  I don't get to see her nearly as much as I would like to.  Day and I decided to take a short weekend trip down to see her and her boyfriend, Tommy, and it was a such a blast!  Day was such a good boy (even on the long drive).  He got to go on a tractor ride, we went to a pumpkin bash, and stayed at Copa Cabana Waterpark!
Giving horse kisses ;-)
On a sugar high!
I think Day went down this slide a good 50+ times! He loved it.  Even though the water was cool and his lips turned blue, he didn't want to get out!
We ate at Sprechers for dinner Saturday night. Day had to sit next to Amber in the booth ;-) Really yummy food!

We miss Amber and Tommy already! It was a beautiful weekend spent with my bestie and little man! (now mommy needs a vacation)