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a warm and cozy fall


is there anything better than fall?


warm and cozy coats, sweaters, hats and mittens.

soup in the evening and homemade apple sauce simmering in the crock pot all day.

sitting around the fire and drinking cocoa after playing in the leaves all afternoon.


it’s getting dark so early now.

the fall sunlight is changing.

i love the soft glow in the kitchen in the late afternoon.

 i walk around and turn on every lamp in the house.

i happily leave them on all day.

it’s so relaxing and peaceful.


i decided that the soft glow of christmas lights isn’t just for christmas time.

i strung a set up around the back door of our den.

the kids love them.

iris giggles when i turn them on in the morning.


the leaves have almost completely fallen off the trees.

on our way to preschool jonah announces from the back seat of the car all the colors of leaves he sees.

and iris calls loudly, “mama, pumkin! i see pumkin!” as we pass each house dressed up for the season.


our house, of course, is dressed up, too.


my sister, christie, is incredibly talented and makes beautiful things.

i asked her if she would make a bunch of fabric buntings for the house.

she said, yes. : )

she did such a great job. it turned out so blasted cute.

she made me 5 of them to drape across the front of our house, and i love it!


she doesn’t know it yet, but i’m also going to request some for christmas.

how cute would they be strung up next to christmas lights?

and, she has the most lovely fabrics for it, too.

you should stop in and take a look…


she’s not the only one that’s been hard at work crafting, though.

my kiddos made these little guys for each one of their cousins.

jonah wrote the names of his cousins on the back of each leaf.

(when did he get so big?)

and iris, very meticulously, glued each set of googly eyes on.

she’s so sweet.


oh, and mommy’s been crafting, too.

(that’s me… i’m mommy)



i’ve got plenty of new sets of pins to check out.


and, i’ve been working hard on wreaths, too.

how cute is the burlap paired with the chocolate brown and burnt orange?

i love these fabric roses and can’t get enough of them!


i hope you enjoy them, too.

the wreaths and pins are for sale in the shop now.

a simple weekend



how’s your weekend going?

ours is good.

simple, quiet, rainy…


we spent the morning doing yard work.

we live on over an acre, so there’s always plenty to do.

when the weather is cold and rainy it’s actually relaxing and kind of fun.


i took my sweet 4 year old to a movie this afternoon.

he was simply adorable.

we haven’t been to a movie in a really long time.

he had so many sweet things to say.

“mom, why do they give us tickets?”

“mom, i can get candy here?!”

and my favorite…

“mom, this popcorn tastes so much better than the popcorn at home!”

yes, jonah… yes, it does.


look at this sweeet wittle face!

i’ve been gazing at it almost every afternoon while we play go fish and candy land.

board games and rainy days go hand in hand. : )


i made this lovely wreath.

ain’t she pretty?

she’s in my shop now.


i’ve actually been working on pushpins and magnets a lot lately, too.

i’ve added new sets and re-stocked some oldies.

make sure you stop in and take a look around!


right now, at this very moment,

as i sit here writing this post,

there is the most glorious smell coming from the kitchen.

it’s our dinner…

Perfect Roast Chicken.

i’m so very excited to devour this dish,

to suck every succulent bone clean.

(okay, i’ll stop before i take it too far.)

it’s a fantastic recipe that my kids absolutely inhale and request again and again.

you should make this chicken tonight.

you won’t regret it.

Perfect Roast Chicken

Recipe Courtesy of Ina Garten

1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch fresh thyme, plus 20 sprigs
1 lemon, halved
1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
1 large yellow onion, thickly sliced
4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
1 bulb of fennel, tops removed, and cut into wedges
Olive oil
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken. Place the onions, carrots, and fennel in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.

Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.

our 4th of july


well, it’s been a while now and i just realized that i never shared our 4th of july pictures.


every year we have a big independence day party at our house.

we invite aunts, uncles, grandparents and lots and lots of cousins.

it’s never anything too fancy

just food


and fireworks.

oh, and fun!


and feet.

okay, i’ll stop now.

but, seriously…how cute are these toes?!

iris just had to have them painted for the holiday weekend. : )


anyway, we all had so much fun!

these kids love being together.










and, this is my favorite picture that my husband got on his cell.

the kids playing with sparklers in our backyard.

so cute.


oh, also…

i put a few new (and pretty) things in my shop


stop in a take a look!

looks like we made it…


well, we made it through another week of summer.

at first, the thought of having this boy home all the time sounded like fun.

which, it was… for a while.

and then it just became a lot of work.

he is used to routine and there’s not as much routine in the summer months.

not to mention entertaining a 4 year old all the time is exhausting. : )

(that’s why god made them cute though, right? just look at that sweet pookie face.)


anyway, i knew we needed a little help so,

i made this chart.

i got the idea from my sister.

she said that they used something like it in her daughter’s 1st grade class and that it works wonders.

i thought we could give it a try

and it’s been fantastic for jones!

you start the day on green and you move up and down depending on behavior.

if he helps out around the house or does anything extra good he moves up a color.

and, if he acts up the clothes pin moves down and he misses out on something special.

(usually an afternoon show or something)


i stopped by the library the other day and grabbed p-dub’s book.

i needed a pick me up. : )

i’ve been meaning to read it for months.

i finished it and i loved it!

it is so funny, and  she seems like such a great wife and mom.

we’re best friends.

she doesn’t know it yet, though.


i love getting organized and i wanted a small board for our fridge to write meals on,

so that way i can remember what to make during the week.

i found this bad boy at target for $3.00!


every summer i try to pick up fall and winter clothes for the kids.

i love a good clearance rack.

 i found most of this stuff for a couple bucks at gymboree and crazy 8!


oh, yeah, speaking of cheap finds, that reminds me…

i also found some pillow covers at hobby lobby for $3.00 each!

they were on sale 50% off.

i just might be the cheapest person alive… ever.

i’m not alone here, right?

you’re frugal, too, right?

oh, never mind.


have a great weekend!

lazy summer days


how’s your summer going?

ours is good.

we’ve been super busy

doing lots and lots of nothing

and, it’s been great.


drawing with sidewalk chalk.


cookie baking.


sorting our cars.

(over and over)


snuggling. : )


movie watching.


taking long walks.

(well, as long as a 4 year old and 1 year old will allow)


flower picking.


and plenty of costume changing.


i also made this sweet wreath.


and, it’s in my shop.

please, stop in and take a look!

i hope you have a great day.

our daddy


not only is he an amazing husband,

but also an incredible father.


i thank god each and every day for him.


i don’t know how the 3 of us got so lucky. : )

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he’s everything a father should be.


and we love him dearly.

happy father’s day, daddy!

thanks for all you do.

so grateful


the sweet little boy up there is my son and the adorable girls are my nieces.

my sisters and i were all pregnant at the same time.

it didn’t seem like that big of a deal then…


but, it’s pretty special now.


they all go to preschool together and have become best buddies.

they love each other.


4 is a pretty sweet age.

they’re always telling jokes

and making each other laugh.

making up songs.

playing make-believe.


i feel very blessed and grateful for these girls.

i’m so glad that they live so close and we can see them often.

i love that they’ll all grow up together and always have each other.


yeah, it’s pretty special now. : )

it’s summer time


well, it’s officially our summer break!

we’re done with school and we had our last soccer game of the season

here’s our boy at his game.

(that’s him with his orange cleats.)

i’m not sure if you have ever seen a bunch of 4 year olds play soccer,

but it’s just too cute.


it’s like a bunch of little bees buzzing around their hive.


they sure are sweet and try so hard!


here they are sitting with their coach.


another action shot.

look at him go.

this kid loves soccer.


i looked over mid game and saw this…

my daughter with her brother’s sunglasses on

picking her nose with 2 fingers

both nostrils.

i’m not sure why, but i always seem to catch this kid

with her finger in her nose.


see, look…

here we are last year in florida.

look at that baby…

the ultimate nose pick!

good stuff.

it’s one of my favorite pictures

and every time i see it i laugh.


anyway, at the end of the game they all got trophies.


he couldn’t have been more excited or proud!

all the way home he shouted over and over, “and the winner is… jonah!”

as he held his trophy high over his head.

too silly.


because it’s officially our summer break,

jonah and i sat down and started a summer list.

i love hearing all of his little ideas…

get cupcakes.

go on an adventure.

go visit the mountains.

so sweet.




yep, summer, we love you and we’re so glad you’re finally here.

mmmm…. sweet, sweet summer.

cows & fabric


we’ve had quite the week around here.

between end of the year picnics, field trips, house work and soccer

we’ve been busy.






i’ve also been busy buying this!


 so, i can make these!


to put on this!

isn’t it pretty?!


and, they’re so much fun to make!

i love digging through my fabric stash and putting all of the colors together.

so cute!

they’re in my shop and looking for a good home. : )

mother’s day fun.


how was your mother’s day?

mine was a delight.

we went out for breakfast and then walked around old town.


the kids played.




the weather was gorgeous!

it was so much fun.

we all had a blast!


when we got home they surprised me with flowers.

and, the house stayed clean (kinda).


it was mostly because the kids played outside a bunch.

it was hot enough to turn on the sprinkler. yay!


i don’t think i’ve ever seen this lady happier. : )


after we all played outside i ran out for some mommy time.

just me and world market.

i love you, world market.

i love your cute bar stools.



and your adorable (and reasonably priced) jute rugs.


i love your lovely utensils holder and it is sure to find a home next to my stove.


hello again, sweet cake carrier.

lookin’ good.


and, how cute is this kitchen brush?

i truly do love you, world market.

and i miss you when i’m away.

until we meet again…

maybe next mother’s day. ; )