PNW Snowpocalypse

We get a few inches of snow each year. Usually it's for a day or two and everyone goes crazy and out come the sleds and snow gear. We try and enjoy every minute of it because here in Oregon, it doesn't last long at all. This past week was that moment of excitement for us! Yes, I know we can just drive to Mt Hood and we can find all the snow we want. But when you have kids it starts to get harder to jump in the car and go! So you can only imagine how happy we were to have snow come right to our front door this year! 

We currently live in a top floor apartment, so when Owen saw the snow he immediately wanted to go jump around in it and stomp in his little moccasins. So I let him, until his poor fingers turned into tiny tomatoes! So we called up his cousins to come over and play in the snow and we bundled up and went out to explore. 

I love that the older he gets, the more adventurous he becomes. Last year when we had our one day of snow, we took him outside and he ran around for a few minutes but that's all he could handle. This year, he did NOT want to come back inside! His cousins brought over a little sled and they flew down the side of the hill with him over and over. 

I'm so glad we had a few inches of snow hit our little town, all the neighbor kids were out playing and building snowmen, it was so much fun to feel like a kid again! We get so wrapped up in work and bills and adulting. But days like this are what remind us to take time to spend with family and really put work aside every now and then. 

And this little guy led the pack everywhere! He did not slow down the entire day. I love watching his excitement for new things, especially when he's the youngest one around right now and looks up to the bigger kids. Moments like this I remember how little he really is and I savor every second of it. 

I'm so glad we had a good amount of snow visit us, it's almost melted now and I look back at the photos and am so thankful we live in an area that get's many different kinds of weather. It definitely keeps things interesting for us around here! 

Farmhouse Decor on Amazon

Ever since I can remember, I've LOVED decorating. When I was little, I decorated my pets. When I was a teenager, I decorated my room and anything I owned. When I lived on my own for the first time about 8 years ago, oh man. Nobody warned me how fun house shopping would be!! And every home I've lived in since that first apartment 8 long years ago, my taste for interior decorating has only improved. I mean, when you're 18 you just want to impress your friends but at the same time you're on a college student budget working minimum wage jobs. So my shopping was strictly limited and I only bought things that I really needed. As the years went by and each apartment/house I lived in got larger and nicer, I started to appreciate my homes more. About 3-4 years ago was when the farmhouse look really got stuck in my head and everywhere I went I tried to find things that I thought looked rustic or felt farm-y. And my craving for farmhouse decor has only gotten worse! 

So that's why I decided to make a short list of farmhouse decor online (If you're not an avid online shopper, you need to start now!) And what better place, than Amazon! Every time I need or want something new in my home, the first place I check is Amazon. It SERIOUSLY has the best prices and deals. And hello?! Two day shipping! Even better if you're an Amazon Prime member and you have FREE shipping. How can it get better than that! 

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Holiday Survival

Over Thanksgiving weekend I spent almost everyday cooking and getting everything ready for the big family dinner. We don’t have a lot of family here, and a majority of us are split up for Thanksgiving doing our own things. But the past two years I’ve taken on the responsibility of cooking almost everything on Thanksgiving for at least 6-8 people (it’s not a lot but it feels like it when I usually only cook for 3). I didn’t have a lot of time to myself and I think I got lost in the midst of all the holiday prep. I felt burnt out. I felt weak and tired, and very restless. My diet hasn’t been the greatest during November, and I was strictly relying on my coffee to get me through each day.

I decided to try and give myself more time in the mornings, wake up just a little earlier each day to focus on self development and really take the time to better myself. Read a few devotionals, write in a journal, express my thoughts through writing and really focus on my future. Especially being a mom, you really take for granted those seldom quiet moments and I definitely soak up the peace and quiet when I get the chance.

So the day after Thanksgiving, I woke up with a new mindset, ready to tackle this new lifestyle and I needed to sit down and focus on what I was going to change about my daily routine. What do I need to eliminate from my day that’s causing me to slow down, and replace with something that is going to push me to my goals? And that’s when it hit me. COFFEE. Coffee is my biggest weakness. I crave the powerful aroma of those fresh coffee beans. It’s the very first thing I think of when I wake up, that I need to run to the kitchen and start brewing. It’s almost like an addiction. And what’s worse, is that I think I’m more addicted to the creamer itself than the actual coffee. So I knew there needed to be some change.

That’s where Bulletproof coffee came into my life. Let me just say this right now. If someone came up to me a year ago and said I would be drinking coffee with butter in it in the future, I would have laughed at them. Now, a little over a week after I started making my coffee this way, I can tell you a million reasons why I won’t be going back to my oh so loved creamer!

 

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Rainy Day

We live in Oregon. We see about 8 months of rain each year, so we're pro's at staying busy indoors when it's too ugly to play outside. The past two years have been fairly easy since Owen was pretty young and was easily entertained. But now that he is 2.5 I've found myself in the craft section even MORE than I already am. I try to keep him away from the TV and let him do hands-on activities and it helps that I have a closet FULL of crafting supplies. I knew there would be a day that my popsicle stick stash and felt piles would come in handy!

I bought watercolor paints and paper awhile back, it was actually over a year ago when I thought I'd take up watercoloring. Never really had the time to do it, until now! And it's even more fun that Owen can do these things with me and we can learn together. 

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