Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Favorite Things #53

I've been using Mario Badescu's Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater this winter and have really loved it.  Whenever my face feels dry and parched, I just spritz some on and it feels better immediately.  I also use it to set my makeup in the morning.  As a bonus, its heavenly scent reminds us that spring is right around the corner!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Funniest Christmas Gift Request Ever from an 11 Year Old

I can't believe I never posted about this because it was one of my favorite Christmas memories and makes me laugh every single time I think about our Harris and his number one gift request for Christmas...  a new mattress!

While Harris' current mattress isn't exactly old, it's not a very good one and our boy is one who takes his sleeping and comfort very seriously!  Last spring, he had the opportunity to lie on a tempurpedic bed and it never once strayed from the #1 spot on his Christmas wish list!  So on Christmas morning he opened up his gift from us to find a gift certificate for a new mattress!  He has agreed to wait until we are in the new house to get it, but is very much looking forward to going and lying on a million beds to look for the perfect one!

P.S.  Grace made the gift certificate for us, isn't it cute?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Frog's Hollow

I would like to thank all of you who have reached out with your kinds words of congratulations and enthusiasm for our farm.  We are crazy excited about this next phase and can't wait to get started making it our home.  I was so nervous about making this sort of move, but now that we've done it, it feels really good and right for our family.

The original part of the house (a salt box) dates back to the mid to late 1700's with additions done in the early to mid 1800's.  The house has lots of quirks, and is far from perfect but it is ideal for us!   While we do have plans for some renovations,  it is a great, solid old house!  Almost everyone who has walked through has commented that it "feels good" and I would agree!  I tell everyone that I love the house and Bryce loves the land, but I think that we are already feeling that way about both! We feel incredibly blessed to be the next stewards of this house and property.  

The farm has five acres of field and the rest is wooded with the creeks running along either side.  It has a small guest cottage, which will be ideal for my in-laws to come and stay for longer periods and two small barns.  

One of the first questions I asked when we looked at the property was the name.  I was shocked to learn that there wasn't one, so of course, we have to name it!  We've tried out lots of names for the farm and, of course, all of them have included frog somewhere in it. We are a family that attaches itself to a theme!  We've tried out Frog's Leap (a wine), Four Frogs Farm (a mouthful?) and so far the one that has stuck is Frog's Hollow.  Perhaps the finding of this sign was fortuitous!  The farm is not actually in a hollow but we've decided to be okay with that.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Creek in Winter

Have I told you that there is a creek, two actually, on the farm?  We hiked through the snow so that we could see it in all of its winter glory and it did not disappoint!  While sitting and watching the slow movement of water under the ice I had to pinch myself because it was so lovely and peaceful.  I owe this blog a formal introduction to the property!  I'm not sure why I've been holding it so close, I guess because I love it so.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Scenes from the Blizzard of 2016

Hello!  We had a blizzard over the weekend which I know was really horrible for some people, but we, fortunately, were able to hunker down in our cozy little house and enjoy the gift of a snow day (or two!).  The snow started Friday night and didn't end until late Saturday night!  It was a doozy of a storm, leaving us with almost two feet of snow!

I spent Saturday finishing a novel, making homemade marshmallows (that looked like snowmen), baking snowflake cookies, cleaning out a closet and taking a short nap on the sofa!  It was heaven!

The children did spend some time outside while it was snowing, but did the majority of their playing on Sunday when it was sunny!

The most brutal part of our snowstorms are always the shoveling out part.  Moving this much snow off of sidewalks, walkways and driveways is exhausting and tedious!  Fortunately, we do have some child labor.

At one point, out of the corner of my eye I saw Bryce "collapse" on a snow bank and had the alarming thought that he was having the dreaded snow heart attack.  I called out his name several times and he didn't answer which was even more alarming (though as Bryce points out I wasn't so alarmed that I didn't stop to snap a photo!).  Turns out he had music blaring and was just taking a rest!  Phew.

We also went over to the farm to see it all dressed up with snow, I'll share those pictures tomorrow!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Blow Dry Bootcamp

Several years ago, I went on a girls weekend where I knew most of the ladies present but not all of them.  Over breakfast one morning, I was talking to a new friend and she was passionately discussing hair.  I learned that she is a hairstylist and that she loves what she does.  As I sat there listening to her, I remember thinking that I wanted someone to cut and color my hair who loved her job as much as Theo.  Theo has been doing my hair ever since! Going to her is like going to see your best friend who just happens to work on your hair.  She's wonderful!

I have great hair but, unfortunately, I really can't do it justice with a hairdryer!  It takes forever to blow out my hair, and I lose my patience, strength and will long before it's actually dry!  Therefore, I often fall back on a bun or ponytail.  Grace has really, really beautiful hair, but it's thick and coarse like mine and is also very hard to blow out.

Ever since she was little, Bryce has blow dried her hair for her (he's like an everyman!) while she sits on the stool in the bathroom.  It's actually very, very sweet and I think it's special to both of them. However,  looking forward, I'm worried she will get to college and not know how to dry her hair and always be frustrated like I am!  So when Theo offered up a brilliant "blow dry bootcamp" I signed Grace up!  The class was all about learning how to dry your hair and it couldn't have been a better idea.  I would have loved to take the class too, but I had a prior commitment that night so Bryce took her, which seemed appropriate anyhow : ).

They both reported that it was a lot of fun and that they learned a lot too!  Grace learned about the importance of really clean hair, a good brush and starting at the roots.  Her first attempt at home resulted in a few shed tears but I think that she will get there!

Would you take a class like this?  I love the idea of taking 1 to 2 classes to learn something new!  I'm thinking it would be a fun business as the ideas are endless!  Calligraphy, hair, makeup, knitting, canning, etc.!

*Photos 1 and 6 were taken by Donicia

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Favorite Things #52

These are two new, but old, favorite things that have been getting a lot of use lately!  The vintage Jadite batter bowl was a Christmas gift from my Mom and it's such a treasure!  We use it every weekend to make pancakes!

The second is this little pink measuring cup.  My old measuring cup had long ago lost all of its markings, probably due to the dishwasher, and I was forever trying to squint and make sure I was around the lines I was looking for.  I love this little pink one cupper because there is no writing to fade away, it's permanently marked.  Plus, it's pink!  Fun fact: it says Kellogg's on the bottom so perhaps it was used for advertising?
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