4.01.2014

{little loves}

Drooling. Standing. Falling. Crawling.

Run. Play. Eat. Sleep.

These two are non-stop.
And mostly precious.

I just had to share a couple of pics I recently took of them. 
I'm going to need an assistant stat so I can get them to actually smile for a picture.
They are truly happy children.
For reals.

My littlest loves.



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3.25.2014

{three is hard}



Three is a hard age. 
I find it a little harder than the "terrible two's."
Our precious three year old has a mind of his own.
He knows what he wants.
He is a tad bossy.
And occasionally a bit aggressive to little brother.
I find myself repeating myself way too often.


And I'm hopeful it is all just a stage.
One of those new stages that they enter and leave faster than I can barely blink.
Like smiling for the first time.
Or learning how to roll over, crawl, stand, walk, etc.
First words.
They all seem like just yesterday.


Regardless of these hard things, or days, that we may have,
I find myself missing my little three year old when he goes to bed. 
His loud and infectious giggle.
His helpful nature.
The hilarious things he says.
His wild imagination.
The enormous amount of energy.
His love for all things new and exciting.


He keeps me on my toes.
I like it.
And I love him.
Like, a lot!


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3.24.2014

{coconut chocolate chip cookies}


When I discovered my little babe had some food allergies,
I started looking into some alternative cooking styles.
We didn't know exactly what he was allergic to, 
but I figured he was probably sensitive to dairy and/or gluten.
Turns out, he may not be, but I have found some really neat new recipes.



While shopping at Costco I saw that they had a bag of organic coconut flour.
I bought it and started researching for some great recipes.
I have a weakness for cookies, so when i saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it.
{don't try to substitute coconut flour for regular flour... it is much more absorbent}


Something that I have discovered when trying to make healthier, dairy or gluten free foods,
is that many of the ingredients I don't have yet.
I think I will eventually venture into these things, but for now
I altered the above recipe slightly to include the dairy products.
{If you are dairy intolerant though there are substitutes you can use.}

These cookies are pretty delicious.
My three year old LOVED them.
I found that they are even better with a glass of milk too.
They are soft. And coconutty. And chocolatey.
Yum.
Enjoy!



 Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup coconut flour (2¾oz)
  • ⅓ cup corn starch (1¼oz)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 whole eggs 
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid 
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened  
  • 2-3 tablespoons water



Instructions

  • Have all ingredients out to room temperature.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, place all your dry ingredients. Stir.
  • Add in your chocolate chips and stir.
  • Next add in your softened butter, vanilla, coconut oil and eggs, let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Stir.
  • End with adding in your water. Till you get the batter to start holding together. You want it to be on the thick side.
  • Scoop onto cookie sheets. 
  • Push cookies down and shape them however you'd like... they won't spread on their own.
  • I got about 16 cookies, all depends on your size of scooper.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes.
  • Cool before removing from cookie sheets.


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3.21.2014

{beckam - 10 months}










 Oh, Beckam baby.
You've hit double digits.
1-0 months old! 

In the last month you have certainly mastered "normal" crawling.
You are good at it.
And fast.
So much so that OCD big brother Brody often locks himself in his room to play,
so you can't destroy anything and everything in sight.
You are pretty obsessed with Brody though.
Following him around the house is a favorite activity for sure.

Efficiency is your jam.
If you are playing with a toy, and want to go to a new location,
you just shove that toy in your mouth and speed crawl to your new spot. 
As long as you don't start playing with pencils, I'm ok with this trait.

Another new thing that you have discovered is nose picking.
I'm pretty sure you don't know what you're doing, 
it's just exciting to find a new hole stick your finger in.
I'd be ok with it if you decided to stop.

Your little personality is really starting to shine. 
The other day you were after something you shouldn't be playing with.
Typical.
When I said, "Beckam, uh uh."
You promptly turned around, put your finger up, and shook your head back at me.
I'm pretty sure it was out of defiance,
but let's just say you were showing me that you knew it was naughty.
Sometimes you cry when I tell you "no."
I'm not sure if you are sensitive or just upset because you're not getting what you want.
Probably the latter.

You have recently become a big fan of playing the recorder.
You were introduced to it at your Grandma's,
and after you tried to blow on a flashlight at home, I decided it was time to purchase you your own.
Another instrument to add to your list.
Mr. Music.

You have always enjoyed dancing,
but more recently you really like to dance with me.
I don't blame you... let's just say, these hips don't lie.
Your current favorite song to groove to is Timber.
Thumbs up.

You continue your fascination with tires. 
Most toys with tires only interest you because you can spin their tires around.
The first thing you do is flip it over, then spin, spin, spin.

You have learned the art of copying.
Generally by means of squealing.
You and Brody have some lovely duets together.

The goodbye wave that you have learned is way too cute.
I think we need to work on some wrist strengthening exercises though.
Floppy wrist.
For now, it's adorable.

Naps and sleeping are one of your strong suits.
You are taking two long naps everyday,
and sleeping 12-13 hours at night.
I'm sure you are growing.
That's good and all, but I'd appreciate it if you'd slow down a tad.

I love you so much little man!
Thanks for making our home even happier.
Mommy



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3.17.2014

{$145 cash giveaway}

I am thrilled to be a part of a $145 cash giveaway this week!
 But probably not as thrilled as you... 
since YOU could likely be the winner of this coin.

It's super easy...

1 | get entered. there are about a trillion entry options. do all of them.

2 | go ahead and visit all 15 of these sweet gals and show them some love. 


Very best of luck! 


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3.03.2014

{baby time}



It's that time of year again!
Our neighbors lambs are being born, 
and we can never pass up an opportunity to go and check them out.
Looking at the pictures from two years ago and last year was fun. 
Brody sure has grown up a lot.


And Beckam, LOVED them.



We brought some of our friends to enjoy the babies too.
These little ones had a blast.
Despite the freezing cold wind...
thanks for that Idaho.


I wish I could have captured Beckam's face.
Just imagine the biggest dimply smile you've ever seen.
Sheer delight.


That guy holding the lamb was quite the helper. 
He even chased the heard of sheep and lambs around and dove to catch one that looked just like a baby cow.
He missed.
But it was a valiant effort.


These pals stood and watched the mama sheep for like a solid five minutes.
It was precious.


Speaking of precious...
my loves:







Never a dull moment on the farm.



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2.28.2014

{5 | new mind blowing things}



1. Tractor driving.
This is obviously not a new thing on the farm.
However, it is to Beckam.
Once he sat on that tractor seat for the first time, he knew he belonged.


I breed farmers.
It's in their blood.
And good golly they are cute.



2. Samoas.
Come on Girl Scouts.
Do you really have to make such a delicious cookie?
My farmer can't resist himself.


Yes. Those are cases, I repeat, CASES of Girl Scout cookies.
Good grief.
Brody tasted his first Samoa the other day. 
His mind was definitely blown.
He asks for a "purple" cookie on the daily now.
{The box that they come in is purple.}


3. Swings and slides.
This, my friends, has been a long time coming.
A while back I was desperate to get Brody to go to sleep all by himself, like a big boy.
The only bribe that seemed to interest him was a playground set.
Most nights he would still insist that he would rather have mommy than swings and slides...
he won.
"Big boys want their mommy's," he would say.
That is just the sweetest, most heartbreaking thing you'll ever hear from your child.
At the start of the new year, I got tough, and we had a new bedtime routine.
Long story short, he now goes to sleep all by himself.
And now, we have this monstrosity in our backyard.


I think he'd say it was worth it.
The building process was fun too.
I've never seen a kid so excited to open up boxes of lumber in all my life. 


4. Kitchen Aid mashed potatoes.
Has anyone else done this!?
Probably.
It's new to me though.
I couldn't find my masher the other night,
and after trying a fork {fail} I decided to toss the boiled taters in the kitchen aid and whiz them up.
Mind. Blown.
They were whipped to perfection.
With the help of some salt, butter, and milk obviously.


5. Scooter.
My hubby brought home this treasure the other day.
When he first told me about it on the phone I immediately thought it'd be a cute little vespa of sorts.
Wrong.
A motorized razor scooter.


I was disappointed before I took that baby for a spin.
She's got a little bit of pick up and go.

It's been mind blowing around here for sure.

Have a terrific weekend!


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