April 15, 2015

diy – vine wall

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Amazing, right? My friend Gabi, of Pick Tulip, did a styled wedding shoot a few weeks ago that included a “living” wall and I just knew I needed to recreate one for Ivy’s nook. The best part is that these are wild vines that you can forage and tape to the wall in a short ten minutes. The hardest part of this diy was securing my Grandmother’s mirror– my Husband thinks I’m crazy for picking up a drill, not for taping plants to the wall… ha!

Supplies needed:
Foliage of your choice, “alive” or silk. It’s up to you! This will last a few weeks, and it’s so easy we wouldn’t mind just hanging new vine when it starts to whither. Or, you can just buy silk plants of your liking.
White floral tape, or clear if your walls aren’t white.
Shears.

Steps:
Cut vines to length needed.
Apply a few pieces of tape to plant and wall.
Repeat until space is filled.

Crazy easy! So easy that I even feel a little silly typing it out since it’s so self-explanatory :)
PS, I have to apologize for my absence around here. Blogging is a creative outlet for me, not a job, and I don’t want to ever feel pressure to post (unless it’s contracted, of course!), or guilt from lack of posting. This space has given me and my family opportunities that we are so grateful for, and I promise to start updating regularly. I have felt just a bit uninspired as of late, not after this DIY though… I can feel the creative juicing flowing ;) xo

March 24, 2015

Spring/Summer at Half Pint Shop

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It’s warming up, and I can’t help but go crazy for summer clothes! I recently became a Style Contributor for Half Pint Shop, which means I’ll get to help out curating and filling this shop with all of our favorite brands and pieces of clothing. These are a few of my favorite picks in the shop right now, and Half Pint Shop is generously offering readers 15% off with the code SPRINGFAVES through Friday (3/27). Happy shopping!

March 16, 2015

9 + 10 /52

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A quiet, 7am, morning of play.
Grey- Airplane builder.
Seb- My focused thinker.
Ivy- Banana eater.
10 / 52

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Grey- Kindergarten picture day, and the day his tooth became “super wiggly.”
Seb- Bed head.
Ivy- Messy jumper, happy blocks (the best 5$ I’ve spent this year… thanks, Target).

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

March 2, 2015

8/52

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Grey: He’s reading now, it’s the most amazing thing ever.
Seb: Pondering the rain, I’m sure. The wheels in his brain never stop.
Ivy: This girl is always eating! Growth spurt?

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.   

February 27, 2015

Foot Cardigan – Whippersnappers

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Sign your favorite kiddos up to get two pairs of funky fresh socks in the mail every month for just $11! That’s like 12.36 packs of bubblegum, minus the cavities and plus really cool socks that all the kids will dig. If you know and love a tiny person age 3-­12, this will most definitely be the coolest mail they’ve ever gotten. You can sign up here! Super easy.

Thanks Foot Cardigan!

February 26, 2015

6 + 7 / 52

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind… I like to keep this blog a positive space, but between dealing with a hit and run, and mastitis to boot, I haven’t had time to update as much as I’d like. But! Here are weeks six and seven, and I will post eight this weekend. Carry on ;)

 

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Grey: Still a bike superstar. It has been so fun taking rides with him and definitely looking forward to summertime rides!
Seb: The tongue concentration in full effect ;) Mario Kart 8!
Ivy: Dainty girl who’s not afraid to get dirty.
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Grey: Big handsome helper, as always.
Seb: Bath time fun.
Ivy: Oh my! This look :)

A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

WEEKNIGHT MEALS- chickens thighs + brussels sprouts.

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I know weeknights are hectic, weekends are too (sometimes), which is why I always aim to plan easy meals that won’t stress me out or overwhelm me! Anthony works late most nights so between 5-7:30 is crazy town in our household. I’ve been obsessed with one-pot meals lately and found this one in an old Cooking Light magazine and adapted the recipe from here, because I’m not a fan of skin or bone in meat… also no need to dirty another pan just to cook the brussel sprouts so I cooked everything in the same pot ;)

What you’ll need:

1 package of chicken thighs, I chose boneless/skinless but you may get skin/bone if you prefer.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme, divided
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 tsp butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 pound brussel sprouts, halved
1/2 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste.
Now-

Preheat oven to 425°.

Sprinkle chicken with salt & pepper. Combine 1 tsp of olive oil, garlic, 1 tsp thyme and rub over chicken, then add another seasoning of your choice. I’ve been using Trader Joe’s African Smoke on everything lately..

Heat a large oven-proof oven or skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp of oil, and swirl to coat. Once oil is bubbling, add chicken thighs; cook for 4 minutes. Turn thighs over and top with a lemon wedge. Place pan in oven; bake at 425° for 15-18 mins, or until done. Remove chicken and lemon from pan, and place on plate.

Return same oven or pan to high-heat and add wine. Cook for two minutes, scraping pan to loosen those yummy brown bits. Now, add butter to pan and swirl until melts. Bring heat to medium-low.

Add onion, sauté 1 minute. Add more salt and pepper to taste, and toss brussel sprouts to coat with the broth you just made. Cook 8 minutes, or until tender, stirring when needed. I placed the lid of my dutch-oven for the last 2 minutes just to steam them.

Place onion and brussel sprouts mixture on plate, and top with chicken thigh, lemon, and sprinkle with thyme. I made mashed potatoes as a side, but you could also do brown rice if you are wanting a healthier carb option.

Enjoy!

 

February 19, 2015

TUBBY TODD

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There’s nothing better than kids and babies fresh out of the tub. After going through a bottle of Tubby Todd and spilling my newfound Tubby Todd love to co-owner/creator Andrea at a local dinner, which then led to receiving more soap and a new bubbles/lotion combo, I can honestly say that while drying the kids off after their baths and shower, I sniff their sweet heads ten times.. and then, while nursing Ivy to sleep an hour after said bath definitely includes smelling those sweet hands and fuzzy head so hard I wonder if I’m borderline insane (all Mother’s are slightly are insane though, J.D. Salinger says so!). Anyways, it really takes me loving and obsessing over a product to make a blog post about it. So no, this isn’t a paid post, and yes I strongly believe Tubby Todd is the best all around bath co. currently out there.

Prior to Andrea reaching out when Tubby Todd first started, I only used Mustela. If you don’t know Mustela, it’s pretty pricey, but to me it was worth it because my children, like yours I’m sure, struggle with sensitive skin and/or eczema. So it’s not like I went from J&J to Tubby Todd; I’d like to think I was an “experienced children’s bath soap connoisseur” considering I’ve been using “high-end” bath soap for the last six and a half years. But enough of that, Tubby Todd is the real deal. As soon as you peel off that nice protective seal, the all natural lavender and lily aromas dive right into you like a giant scent bomb. No joke. Tubby Todd has worked hard to create a safe, eco-friendly, natural soap that smells good to boot. And it cleans. Really cleans. My kids are dirty, y’all. They get into everything and play outside like they’ve never seen the sun, but Tubby Todd kicks the nasty grime right off of them. The wash is thick, not watery like most other natural soaps, and lathers up like a dream.

The best part? The owners are awesome. I, as a consumer, have loved connecting with these families and mothers who put their whole heart and life into a product. Not just any product either, products that are amazing, useful, and sometimes life changing. That sounds dramatic– but soap is something you need. Always. You can order right here and have it conveniently delivered right to your front door, that way you won’t ever forget it at Target with antsy kids and an overflowing list ;)

Xx,
K

February 8, 2015

5 / 52

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

Grey- Explaining to me how he “got here.” More on that later ;)
Seb- Giving a flower to his Gigi (great-grandmother).
Ivy- Post-oats breakfast, obviously.

January 30, 2015

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

Grey- So patient, waiting in an overly crowded cafe in the mountains.
Seb- Still not a fan of the cold, haha. He is so quirky.
Ivy- Taking it all in.