Lately

by HEAB on August 17, 2014

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Charlie and Katie’s room went from dark to light…

When we moved last year, we had three children two and under, and I was six months pregnant.  So, despite the fact that I did not like the color of Charlie and Katie’s room (AT ALL), the thought of painting it completely overwhelmed me.  Well, after living with it for a year, I could no longer take it and spent this past week painting.  Oh my gosh, it’s SO MUCH BETTER…and now I want to paint our entire house white.

In other decorating news, I was bored with our living room wall art and decided it was time for a change.  However, I didn’t want to spend  a lot of money on a big project.  So, I gathered digital files of photos I love from various people, had Staples blow them up onto engineer draft paper ($1.50 each) and used this spray adhesive to glue them to previously painted canvases I already had.  Done.

In traveling news, Chris and I took a quick trip to Colorado last weekend…

We drove from Denver up to Nederland and did the Diamond Lake Hike.  Colorado, I love you.

In food news, my basil plant has been slacking lately, but that’s okay, because I discovered that peas make a delicious substitute when it comes to making pesto…

Pesto recipe here, but I subbed 1/2 cup toasted walnuts for the pine nuts.  Remember when I used to have a bunch of food rules and only ate piles and piles of veggies instead of pasta?  That was silly.   Still love my veggies, but cooked brown rice pasta drenched in creamy pesto > raw spiralized zucchini drenched in creamy pesto.

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The Little Things Part II

by HEAB on July 7, 2014

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. :(

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Simple Ways To Organize

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!), [...]

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The Little Things

June 20, 2014

Two posts in one week?  Yep, just had some stuff to write about this week.  Trust me, I could fill post after post with our day to day adventures, but since we try and keep the kids’ lives off of the Internet, I honestly don’t have much to share.  Our kids are my world.  From [...]

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A Paletas Party

June 17, 2014

Can you believe they are two?!? Photo from here and text added using this app on my phone.   We used the above photo for an Evite invitation.  I also printed an 8 x 8 photo of the same image at Costco for a party banner and used Mod Podge to attach it to a piece of [...]

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Stock The Freezer Party

March 23, 2014

Not too long ago, a good friend emailed a group of us asking if we’d like to take part in one those stock the freezer parties she’d been reading about on Facebook.  Spending a morning in the kitchen with friends sounded great to me, and the fact that I’d walk away with five delicious meals [...]

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The Beloved Bean

March 10, 2014

It’s been way too long!  I have several blog posts written in my head, but I’m just not on the computer much these days.  Nor am I on my yoga mat.  My yoga challenge simply did not happen.  I had such good intentions, even set my alarm everyday for 5 AM for a week straight…and [...]

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Let’s Yoga Together

January 8, 2014

I used to love YogaDownload – well, I’m sure I’d still love it if I actually made time for it, but I don’t.  These days when I do have some free time, you unfortunately won’t find me on the yoga mat.  More than likely, I’m sitting on my butt downing a mug of coffee.  However, I [...]

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My Favorite Gift

December 17, 2013

I went to a yoga class today – a Svaroopa yoga class to be exact.  A woman in my neighborhood offers classes in her home, and when she posted the info to our neighborhood message board, I thought, why not?  Getting there was not a simple task.  Our nanny was going to watch Summer and [...]

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Histamine Free Sauce

November 26, 2013

Edited to Add: Apparently, tahini is not a low histamine food.  So, if you’re trying to avoid histamines, this is not a suitable sauce for you.  I’m sorry. One of my good friends suffers from a tyramine and histamine allergy, and I’ve been trying to come up with a versatile sauce she can use as [...]

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