quick fresh air

After several weeks of non-stop working on our new home, we are (hopefully) officially moving in this Sunday- fingers crossed! There is still so much to be done but we’re at a place that it is ready for us to be there and finish the other work day by day. Luca has been a trooper, but I think we are all ready to try and start to get back into some sort of routine (whatever that is going to look like with a half finished house). But here is to Fall and all the coziness it brings. Praying time will freeze a little bit for us to enjoy the little things while everything else is going especially fast.

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Processed with VSCO with a9 presetLoving this diaper bag that we got from ‘‘One Duo’‘ in Khaki Green.

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grandma’s rhubarb crisp

 

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For as long as I can remember rhubarb has always been special to our family. My grandparents live in Iowa, and growing up we would make the drive to their lovely little home tucked away in their small midwest town. Every time we would arrive you could expect my grandma to have 1 of 3 things made. (Sometimes even all.) Chocolate marshmallow cookies, peanut butter bars, and rhubarb crisp. Still to this day, she will most likely have one of these treasures made and ready for you the moment  you walk in their home.

For me and my family, these simple little desserts bring all of our favorite memories at Grandma and Grandpa’s house right along with them. Exploring the railroad tracks behind their house, and a basement full of treasures and toys that are still there from when my dad was growing up that created a world so interesting for me. Playing games around their dining room table and helping Grandma with whatever meal she was preparing for that evening. So since childhood, rhubarb has held a special place in my heart, not just because it is plain old delicious, but because I’m reminded of so many special moments every time that I bake with it…

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This time I had some strawberries to use up so I chopped those up and threw them in there as well and it was delicious. So here’s to summer time rhubarb, amazing grandparents, warm memories, and food that may not be the best thing for the body but sure is good for the soul.

3.1.17

I can’t believe today is March 1st already! Is it just me or does it feel like this winter actually kind of flew by!? Sure is fine with me! I am so looking forward to Spring. I feel like the house is looking a little bland and can’t wait to throw in pops of color,  flowers, fresh greenery, and everything else in between. I love how the smallest details can really bring a home to life, and Spring time is such a fun time to implement that. I’ve thrown in a few pictures of details I enjoy having through out the house in this “end of winter” stage, and once Spring hits I will post some more pictures of what I have done to change a few things up! What are some favorite things you do in your home to bring it to “life” during new seasons!?

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^ I made this little rack last summer for realllll cheap and will do a little post for anyone interest on how to make one. It was so easy!

Hope you are all enjoying these last few weeks of winter!

11.26.16

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Life is so crazy. But I love it. It’s kind of like wandering around lost in the woods. But it just so happens to be that you KNOW the One who made the woods. And the One who made the woods is good. And full of love. And actually just plain IS love. And all He wants is for you to love Him back.

So being lost in the woods might seem scary at first. But then you remember who is there.  Love is all around. And since all He longs for is for you to love Him back, you can bet there is beautiful treasures and gifts to be found along the way.

Sometimes things might get slippery or confusing, or plain old hard and tiring as you’re walking around. But the One who is with you doesn’t leave you on your own. And maybe as you’re walking, feeling the peace of knowing you are not in this alone, maybe you will just happen to realize you weren’t ever lost in the first place. And you were right where you were supposed to be.

11.06.16

I got a cold a few days ago. Tried my best to keep as sanitized as possible so Luca boy wouldn’t catch it. But unfortunately baby bear caught his first ever bug. Amazed at how joyful he still always seems to be. Not only does he have a cold, but has some major teeth coming in. So for the next few days you can sure bet he is getting all the extra cuddles and hugs and kisses and love until the whole family is back up on our feet.

Luca is turning 9 months this week! It doesn’t even seem real. Life is so interesting. But it got me thinking of how quickly is first birthday is going to sneak up on me! Time to start brainstorming! I want to throw him such a fun filled little birthday party. I’ve been realizing that parenting is so much of wanting your children to “experience.” To learn, to see new things, to feel new feels, to hear beautiful new sounds, to learn new emotions, to explore all that this world has to offer. I want his first birthday to be a day for him that he just gets to “experience.” Gosh, I love birthday. They are so special. A day to celebrate the amazing human being that you are, to honor all you have come to be, and to remember how much you mean to so many of those around you. Let the brainstorming commence for this mama bear.

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9.19.16

I’ve been trying to hold of as long as I possibly could to start putting up some fall decor, but today I finally caved in. Fall is my JAM, so I’m feeling excited to get the house looking a little festive! The three EASIEST fall decorating tips to just get you started and what I started out with today?

  • Buy ALL of the pumpkins. Put then Inside. Outside. On shelves. On the counter. Anywhere! Get a variety- Different colors, shapes, sizes. They will look cute anywhere. Even those “ugly” pumpkins can look cute!
  • One of the literal easiest things to do to make the outside of your house look a tad more inviting and festive is to throw a wreath on the door. Make one out of dried goodies, buy one at Michaels or probably literally any other store in the world at this time of year, and slab it on your door and you’re good to go.
  • Get all of the mums. Same as those cute little pumpkins- put them inside or outside. Apparently having them inside also helps cleanse the air in your home from pollutants!

Almost everything in my home is used and from thrift stores. I love the thought of items being used over and over by families before me. There is a story to them. I may never know their story, but I love looking at items in my home and knowing that they have had a history. With that being said, Most thrift stores will often have a “seasonal section.” Always check these out before you head to to other stores if you’re on the hunt for some new fall decor!

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