Sep 30, 2011

Balance

Everything is not perfect. My kids are not always put first. Craig and I are not always rolling around on the floor with kiddo’s laughing.

smiles

Craig doesn’t always understand my blogging and etsy shop. And in all honesty, he doesn’t always support it. There are times he’s my biggest supporter, but then there are times where he brings me down. Yes, we, as a whole, are not perfect.

Assumptions are often made about positive blogs. That assumption being, “oh my, she lives a perfect life”. It’s not true. You have to remember, you only see what the writer wants you to. I could blog about the annoying things that happened during the day, and the millions of tantrums and frustrations we had. And I am sure a lot of people would relate to that and possible enjoy reading it, knowing they are not a lone. Instead, I reflect on the positive aspects of our day. I guess I just assume everyone knows that we had the tantrums and frustrations, but found joy and excitement despite those. Instead of throwing MORE negative energy into out already negative world, I’m trying to convey positivity. Hoping to help someone find the positive in there overly negative day.

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For every picture you see of smiles and play, know that there are hundreds  un-captured images of tantrums, arguments and pure laziness.

Life is a balancing act. A race. I balance every thing the best I know how. Each day is different.  For me, it’s who (or what)  needs me the most at that point in time. Some days the computer wins that race, other days the kids win it. Rarely does laundry win, but eventually, everything(everyone) gets there spotlight. First Cup of Coffee is in first place, followed closely by Checking Email. OH WAIT. They’re both passed up by Dirty Diaper. and Here comes Tantrum Number 1. First Cup of Coffee seems to be lagging, but pulling steadily ahead.

# kristanlynn
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Sep 28, 2011

A New Park | Wordless Wednesday

 

butterfly

adelyn

love

handsome

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”  Stacia Tauscher

boat

careful

prince princess

mommy's prince

red swing

swingin smiles

slide

tunnel

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”  ~Neil Postman, The Disappearance of Childhood (introduction), 1982

# kristanlynn
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Sep 25, 2011

Morning Coffee | a confessional

coffee confessional

Confession:

standing

I don’t want to have a tea party 20 times a day!

thumbsucker

Really, there’s only so much fake tea I can drink. But I do it anyway. To make her happy. To make her feel special. There are times when I tell her no. But more often than not, I’m sipping fake tea. I always leave our tea parties feeling happy. This is why, no matter how much work I have to get done, or how much laundry is pilled up, if she asks for a tea party, she will get one.

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Stone went to bed earlier than usual last night, as I rocked him to sleep, Adelyn was quiet in her room, playing Diego. Once I knew he was deep enough in his sleep, I slipped him into his crib, and I snuck into her room. And we had the Tea Party of all Tea Parties! Not because she asked, and really I had tons of laundry I had to put away, and this post that should have been written, but I knew that it would make her smile. We lined up her babies then we all took turns sipping and eating fake donuts. She even read us her Tinkerbelle story.

peeking

caught

Inevitable, laundry had to be put away. We hung out in my room while I folded clothes and put them on hangers. Craig joined us a few minutes in and after all the clothes were put away, we had a pillow fight. Just the three of us. Like old times. Daddy, Mommy, Daughter. Craig and I swung at the same time…. she was a pillow sandwich. And she fell down in a hysterical fit of laughter. My heart jumped, and I had to hold the tears back. This is my little angel. This is my life. Who would have thought I could get so lucky.

love

Last night I needed a Tea Party, because while I know it makes her feel special. The reality of it is…. she makes me feel special!

 

# kristanlynn
xoxo  

I can’t wait to read your confessions this week, each week has gotten better and better!! (last weeks linkup had over 1700 views… what a great start for it only being the 3rd week!). Don’t forget to come back and check out other’s who have linked. I’m hoping that through confessing out loud some things that have been on our heart/mind will help us connect with fellow bloggers on a more meaningful level.




Sep 24, 2011

TuTu(torial): DIY Fabric TuTu

DIY fabric tutu 
I recently shared this project on The Wiegands. It’s so fun and pretty. So I HAD  to share it with all of you who who missed it. This fabric tutu is very easy to make and you can do it all, start to finish, in ONE nap time. BONUS: If you even semi-regularly sew, you’ll have everything you need.

scrap fabric
What you’ll need:
    • Scrap fabric
    • Elastic
    • Scissors to cut fabric (pinking shears if you have them)
    • Sewing machine to make waistband.

Step 1 
Making the TuTu:
As you can see from the picture, your strips do not need to be perfect, or even the same length. It adds character to your tutu. Some of the pieces we’re not long enough so I pieced them together with the sewing machine. My strips measured 20-22 inches with a few 17-19 inch strips thrown in. The width of my strips were somewhere around 1.5”.  (I did not use a ruler or measuring tape to cut my strips… all of them are uneven.)
Tip: If you have pinking shears, I would recommend using them to cut your strips, as it will keeping the fraying to a minimum

Step 2

For the elastic waistband, I used 1/2” elastic. The length of the elastic should match the measurement of your child’ waist.
Step 3
Now the only thing you have left to do is to tie your strips around the elastic band. (My daughters waist measure 18” and I used 42 strips)
I also added a few places of scrap tulle for fun. Make sure when you’re double knotting, you’re getting the knots some-what close to the center of the strip.

youre done
After your all done, you can go through and trim up the super long strips and make the whole thing even.
Adelyn loves it. I love it. I hope you love it!

TWIRL
You could use just a few different fabrics with matching tones and I’m sure it would be even cuter! Or add more tulle through out it to make it more “tutu”ish.

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princess



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Note: The strips will fray, but it adds more character. Like I said before, cutting the strips with pinking shears will minimize that fraying. I would NOT recommend washing this in the washing machine.
I’d love to see pictures of your finished fabric tutu’s.
# kristanlynn
xoxo  

Sep 23, 2011

Smile When He Makes You Happy.

bob marley
Sometimes we build up this fairytale in our minds. We hear a story of what “her” husband did or see “their” relationship through a perfect lens, not realizing that every person, including their relationship, is not perfect. ((Myself included))
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Sep 22, 2011

Pumpkin Bread | a recipe

Come fall, and I become a baking machine. Not really, but between Halloween and Christmas is about the only time you will find me baking. Something about baking with a cool breeze coming through the window makes it feel right.
 
pumpkin

 
The other day was pretty cool, rainy and just plain dreary. So to brighten up our moods and get into the fall spirit I baked my FAVORITE holiday treat. PUMPKIN BREAD. OH my… it’s nothing short of YUMMY goodness! It’s probably one of the best things I make. I always make extra for friends and neighbors, and it’s always devoured! Perfect to eat with your morning coffee or to bring to your Thanksgiving Feast.
Ready for the recipe?


Ingredients:
    • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup vegetable oil
    • 2/3 cup water
    • 2 cups white sugar
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
baking



Lets BAKE:
  1. Mix pumpkin puree, eggs, vegetable oil, water, sugar and vanilla.
  2. In separate bowl, mix: flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
  3. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Mix. Don’t over mix though, you want to mix just until your dry ingredients aren’t dry.
  4. Pour mixture into 3- 7x3 loaf pans.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 – 60 mins depending on your stove. (Loaf is ready when toothpick is inserted and comes out clean). Our stove is super old and totally sucks… so it always takes longer than an hour!

Now, it’s pretty amazing like this… but I always add a glaze. It’s the perfect touch!

Glaze Ingredients:
    • 1 1/2 Cup Powedered Sugar
    • 1/4 Cup milk
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 teaspoon butter
Melt the butter and add it to the rest of the ingredients. (Add the milk a little at a time. You may need less, you may need more.)
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Drizzle over the loaf. Cut a slice and enjoy pure bliss! hah.
 
Idea: Use Bundt pans, put them together and frost for a pumpkin cake!
 
pumpkin cake


Health Tip: Use 1 cup Applesauce instead of 1 cup oil for a healthier recipe. (I’ve never done this, but friends have and it turned out great).
I’d love to hear what you think after you’ve made it.
# kristanlynn
xoxo   

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Sep 18, 2011

Morning Coffee: a confessional

coffee confessional

Is it Sunday already, alrighty, here we go….

1) Out of NO WHERE I got really homesick. It was 330AM and Stone was up for the 4th time that night. I rocked him with my eyes close, immediately I was taken to MI. I had images of my children playing with our friends children. I seen what it would be like to be able to go visit NaNa and PaPa at the drop of  dime. For Adelyn to know her cousins in real life, not just on Skype. It was a ROUGH realization. I was ready to pack up in the morning and just move back.  It was the lack of sleep, because when I finally got back to sleep and woke up the next morning, I laughed. It was 38 degrees in MI that morning. HAH.

reachin

mr man

2) We went into Best Buy the other day, just window shopping. Plus I like to play with there Macs. I took it upon myself to visit my site and leave it up on all the computers… then proceeded to the iPads and add an app shortcut to the home screen. HAH. Hey… it’s all about networking, baby. Never know… someone could have seen it and is now reading this (let me know if you are. hah!)

smiles

reading

3) Craig and I….. have brought out the WORST in each other ALL week! Like, absolute worst. Thanks goodness it’s a new week!

 love

big boy

two

Don’t forget to link up your confessions below! It can be a list, or just a story of something that’s been on your heart. Can’t wait to read them.




# kristanlynn
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Sep 17, 2011

baby garden. baby veggies.

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile, may remember a post or status updates about planting a garden.
Those of you who are newer, here’s a recap: I planted a garden.

hah. I think a better statement would be: I tried to plant a garden.
Verdict is in: No green thumb here.

After going crazy and buying tons of seeds, starting a bazillion seedlings (all of which DIED) and planting seeds, I gave up. I didn’t realize until it was too late, that the area I picked, was a tad too shady. (oops) That and the fact that we went a month with no rain, and I never bought plant food. Well… everything died.

We don’t really hang out in the back yard much.. as the mosquito's are pretty overwhelming back there, but this evening we BBQ’d. Imagine my surprise when I seen stuff in my overgrown (wannabe) garden.

No sun + No water + No plant food = Baby Veggies

carrots

Although the carrots are itty bitty. I am so proud! I hand dug this garden… literally. No gardening tools at all (I used a fork and spoon.. hey.. ya do what ya gotta do!)

eatin carrots

Adelyn asked if she could eat them…. I figure WHY NOT. So I washed them and she chowed. She loved them. My heart = happy.

smilin

And my tomatoes came up. Which I was super surprised about… because there is maybe 2 hours of direct sunlight, add the whole no water thing,  I for sure thought everything was dead. But looky:

tomoatoes

Now I know what you’re probably thinking… wow, look at those lovely cherry tomatoes.

WRONG!

These “cherry tomatoes” are supposed to be big juicy plump tomatoes. OOPS.

tomatoes

Adelyn wanted to try those too….

eatin tomatoe

They weren't a big hit. I tried one… they were pretty sour.

gross

Nothing else came up, there was some spinach and lettuce, which the bugs got to. Some onions, green/red peppers, peas and jalepono’s… which I can’t find.  The only thing I got were mini carrots, mini tomatoes… and one mini squash that isn’t quite ready to be picked.

Lesson learned: Do not plant a garden in the shade. Water your garden daily. Buy plant food when your soils sucks ass!

I’d love to see your beautiful gardens! Or maybe you’d like to make me feel better by letting me know there are other’s out there with a black thumb?

Have a great weekend!!

# kristanlynn
xoxo