The Little Things Part II

by HEAB on July 7, 2014

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Snacking on buttered and salted popcorn with bacon, candied walnuts, and chocolate chips.

 A few weeks ago, I took the kids to tour a local dairy farm, and while there, I purchased some of their whole cream.  My morning mug (or two…okay, three) of coffee never tasted so good.

We LOVE pesto around here, but buying fresh basil from the grocery store gets expensive.  The above basil plant cost me $10, and it has supplied us with homemade pesto all summer…well, for most of the summer anyway.  I got a little pesto happy two weeks ago, and I’m eagerly awaiting for my plant to fill out again.  When it’s low on leaves, we end up with more of a walnut-Parmesan dressing with basil (see photo below), but close enough!

My go-to pesto recipe here (toast the walnuts, use half the garlic, skip the butter, but add the salt).

I have searched and searched for an all natural deodorant that actually works, and I FINALLY FOUND IT!  Love the above stuff.  My scent of choice is patchouli.  Now, I love me some patchouli, but I don’t like to reek of the stuff.  However, the scent of this deodorant is light and perfect and makes me so happy.  Plus, it works really well.  I’ve been using it everyday for about a month and have barely made a dent in the jar.  So happy to have found you Happy Hippy!

Any other all natural products (that work really well) that I should know about?  My shower and kitchen sink could sure use some help as I have found nothing natural that works quite like Comet. :(


Simple Ways To Organize

by HEAB on June 25, 2014

I thrive on order.  Often times I read about those moms who greet visitors with, “Kids are messy, and we welcome you into to our chaos.  Come on in!”  I tried being that mom – I really did, but I just can’t.  When stuff is everywhere, and the house is a mess (which happens daily!), I feel suffocated, and my mind simply can’t handle it.  So, even though we cannot avoid messes (I want our kids to have the freedom to play and create, and let’s be honest, making messes can be a lot of fun), BUT, before nap and bedtime, we try and put everything back where it belongs.  Otherwise, I can’t relax.  It’s just the way I’m wired, and thankfully, Chris and the kids are good about helping me keep the house fairly well organized.  So, today, I’m sharing a few simple ways we keep the chaos in check.

We like to have friends over for play dates and dinner, and we’re often going over to friend’s houses for get-togethers.  Therefore, I like to keep some sort of cookie or baked good stocked in our freezer at all times.  For me, it’s much easier to bake several batches of cookies at once and thaw when needed rather than carve out time every week.  And since we eat oatmeal and rice daily, I finally decided a few weeks ago to organize all of my dry goods and put them within easy reach of our prepping/cooking space.  I’m a big fan of keeping counter tops clutter free, but I figured if I could find a pretty way to display our dry goods, I wouldn’t mind them being in plain sight.  Since we don’t have a pantry, everything in the containers below used to be stashed in several different cabinets and/or on some shelves in our laundry room.  However, now everything is in one place, and I love it!

Yes, we consider Dove milk chocolates a necessary dry good around here.

The glass jars are from the Container Store and range in price from $3.99 to $6.99.  A few reasons why I love these canisters in particular:

  • No rubber gaskets.  Although rubber gaskets would give me a tighter seal, they usually wear out after a few years of washing.  Since we go through all of these dry goods rather quickly, I figured the tight seal of these aluminium lids would be enough to keep things from spoiling.
  • Wide mouths – perfect for scooping out oatmeal and flour with a measuring cup.
  • They are glass – so pretty and easy to clean.

Toys, toys, toys.  We try to keep things simple around here and clean out our toy supply often, but toys and art supplies easily accumulate.  Neither Chris nor I are very handy, and so you won’t see me posting about us building shelves or storage units together.  Nor do we live near an IKEA (IKEA please come to Nashville!) where there seems to be an abundance of available storage options.  Thankfully, we do live near a Container Store, where I purchased these milk crates for our outdoor toys.

Art.  Between home and church, we make a lot of it, and after perusing Pinterest for various ways to display it, I decided to keep it simple, and tape it to the windows.

Sunshine + kid art = happy mama.

Favorite storage/organization tips?

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