Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Week 2: 33 looks in 33 days with 33 items

So, week two is over and I'm most definitely not going to get 33 looks in 33 days!  I like to re-wear outfits...so much less thinking.  But I did come up with a few new outfits this week:
Striped top, boot cut jeans, scarf, brown ankle boots
Teal t-shirt, black open cardigan, teal and white scarf, long denim skirt, black ballet shoes

Blue "cropped" sweater, black layering tank (for coverage!), scarf, "skinny" jeans, navy sneakers

Grey t-shirt, floral button-up, boot cut jeans, brown ankle boots

Black t-shirt, purple cardigan, scarf, "skinny" jeans, black ballet shoes
A few things I have learned so far:
- A scarf or a necklace makes a HUGE difference in making an outfit look "finished".
- I don't like to wear a scarf while at home...too hard to keep it out of dish water, diapers, etc. but I do pick one and put it on if leaving the house.
- I really only need two pairs of jeans (and I wear jeans almost every day!).  The two pairs I have right now I really like:

Denizen Essential Boot Cut Jeans from Target  I got these for $17 on a "school " sale.  But I would pay full price for them...they are great!

Faded Glory Women's Basic Skinny Jeans from Walmart.  I got these towards the end of the summer on cleanance ($5!).  I like them because they are the "in style" skinny jeans but are not super tight...more like a narrow straight leg jean. but also fit into boots without trouble.  Glad I tried them!

What is your favorite place to buy jeans?

Monday, October 6, 2014

33 looks in 33 days with 33 items

I've loosely done Project 333 for the last year or so...finally getting my closet to a place where I am happy with it!  And now a new season of Project 333 begins...and a new challenge: 33 looks in 33 days with 33 items.


I'm going to try and see what happens.  I don't know if I can come up with 33 different looks, or even if I want to!  I lean more towards the philosophy of finding what I like and sticking to it.  But it will be a good creative challenge and I just might end up with a few new "favorites"!

Every week or so I will share what I wore for the previous week.
Here is week 1!

Day 1:
Grey 3/4 sleeve t-shirt, "skinny" jeans, scarf, grey slouch boots

Day 2:
Grey t-shirt, wine cardigan, boot cut jeans, necklace, brown ankle boots
Day 3: 
Chambray shirt, boot cut jeans, scarf, black ballet shoes
Day 4: 
Chambray shirt, black print maxi skirt, delicate necklace, grey slouch boots
Day 5:
Reversible sweatshirt, boot cut jeans, brown ankle boots

Monday, July 7, 2014

July Goals

It helps me to make goals for myself...I like to cross things off my list.  So I make daily "to do" lists and just recently started making weekly and monthly lists of goals.

So here are my goals for July:

1. Family Reunion -- already done!  A great time!

2. Finish two Shutterfly books (before my free coupons expire!)

3. Sew this dress for Ruthie.

4. Sort through, weed out and reorganize toys.

Here's to Goals with Grace from the Tiny Twig.

Life with Kids...Events to Experience vs. Tasks to Complete


I was talking with a friend the other day who had just had her second child.  Her oldest is 2.5 and she was wondering how she was ever going to be able to go grocery shopping with both kids. 

I've felt the same way...especially with three...thankfully I didn't have to take all three grocery shopping by myself until Hannah was six months old (and I didn't have to stop AT LEAST once to nurse!)

I've realized that somewhere along this parenting journey I've had a change of perspective: I'm viewing life more as events to experience rather than as tasks to complete.  

Little things (like grocery shopping and errands) and bigger things (like 400 mile car trips) need to be viewed as events to experience and enjoy.  When I begin a task with the mindset to experience it as an event, I have a more peaceful and joyful time.  I do not feel stressed to complete the task in a reasonable amount of time...just to complete the task and enjoy the process.

What does this look like for our family?  It means I ALWAYS pack snacks (and sometimes lunch).  I know our limits (a max of 2-3 stops for a trip to town...this is about 2-3 hours total, including 45 minutes of drive time).  I take the time to stop and look at the fish in Walmart.  I take the time to eat samples at Costco (including pulling over and parking in a side aisle so the kids can finish each sample before coming to the next one).  Sometimes we plan for a picnic lunch at the park following our errands.

We just got back from a trip to Iowa for a family reunion.  400 miles each way, with three young children.  I'm excited to say that we got our first "Are we there yet?" from our eldest when we were only 25 minutes from our destination!  Here is what we did:

9:45am  We left home. A great aunt had made bags of fun for each kid...these were just dollar store toys and such but they LOVED them! And it kept they occupied...for FAR longer than I had imagined possible!

11:45am Stopped at Cabela's, looked at all the animal displays, walked through the aquarium, used the bathroom.

12:45pm Back on the road with lunch to eat while driving.

2:30pm Stopped at another Cabela's, looked at the animal displays, walked through the aquarioum, used the bathroom.

3:15pm Back on the road. Snacks!

5:30pm Stopped at a rest area to use the bathroom and run around the picnic tables.

6:35pm Got our first "Are we there yet?"

7:00pm Arrived at our destination!

We planned all there stops ahead of time and we knew it would take MUCH longer than the 6.5 hours of actual drive time to reach our destination.  But we made it with smiles on our faces and lots of fun things to tell Grandma about!

How are you learning to see life as Events to Experience vs. Tasks to Complete?


Linking to Modest Monday at The Modest Mom.



Raw Milk Cleanse -- Update 2

I'm finally sitting down to write this update!  Crazy summer we've had so far!  Hopefully it's slowing down now.

So, back to the raw milk cleanse...I felt really good just drinking raw milk but woke up on the third day with painful constipation.  Enough said.

So, if you decide to give the raw milk cleanse a try...drink your prune juice too!

The end.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Raw Milk Cleanse -- Update 1

It is now Wednesday afternoon.  I started drinking only raw goat milk Tuesday morning.  And, so far, so good.  I had a slight headache yesterday beginning around noon and I again have a slight headache this afternoon, but nothing major.  I've been slightly hungry but it has been more annoying than anything and a glass of milk makes it pretty much go away for a couple of hours.

Other than the slight headache and bad breath, I have had no other detox symptoms yet.  Hopefully this will continue!

I drank about 16 oz less than a gallon yesterday and am on track to do the same today.  I need to go and pick up more milk tomorrow morning and that should get me through the rest of the week.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Raw Milk Cleanse

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 We started our journey to a whole foods diet about four years ago.  I was pregnant with Asher and we had just discovered Tony's sensitivity to nightshade foods.  Since then I've been learning a TON about whole foods/real foods and natural health and taking care of my health and the health of my family naturally.  The more I've learned, the more I've thought that my body needs a cleanse...many people that believe strongly in the power of a cleanse say you should cleanse at least once a year, but also that you shouldn't cleanse if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.  Hmmm, I haven't been NOT pregnant or breastfeeding since that time...until now!  (Well mostly, Hannah is still nursing a couple of times a day, but I feel OK about trying to cleanse now and I can always stop if she seems to be having trouble.)  So, tomorrow I will start a raw milk cleanse!

I first heard about doing a raw milk cleanse HERE.  I like the idea of it because it is easy -- no wierd food prep, and because it is supposed to be easier to continue with every-day life while doing it.

I've been waiting for our "milk lady" to call saying they are milking their goats again...and she called on Friday!  So tonight we will pick up milk and I start tomorrow!

I plan to continue taking my herbal vitamin and cod liver oil as well as olive leaf extract with doing the cleanse.  I will also be drinking some tea with my milk occasionally for a bit of variety.  I plan to continue the cleanse for at least a week...we'll see how it's going and how I am feeling.

I plan to update a few times over the next week so you can follow along if you like.

Have you ever heard of/done a raw milk cleanse?