2014 Personal Goals

This is the first year I’m sitting down to make some personal goals…I think having clear goals helps you have something to be working towards. Some are bigger & some are smaller but I wanted to write them down.

  • Read Bible daily
  • Monthly date nights with my hubby
  • Take the kids on individual dates throughout the year
  • Travel to at least one new place (Chelan, Oregon coast, or maybe Victoria, BC)
  • Have girl’s nights more often
  • Exercise 3 times per week (make it a normal part of my life)
  • Take time to rest (this is hard for me)
  • Create some reachable financial goals for 2014 with my husband
  • Be more encouraging to the people around me
  • Read more – 6 books in 2014 – I’m a REALLY slow reader!
  • Blog more!
  • Be a little more unplugged (less technology)
  • Learn something new

Have you thought of any goals for the year? They don’t have to be crazy or scary! For me I like lists to refer to and I like to think about what’s important to me and how I  can invest in it.

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Honey Nut Granola Recipe

A couple of weeks ago I decided to make some granola. I’m not really a cereal girl but I do love granola! I had been craving it but didn’t want to pay the high prices at the store. I’m not sure why but granola tends to be pretty expensive. So I when on Pinterest and found a recipe to try. You can check the original recipe here. I decided to tweak it to what I like and what I generally have on hand.

When it comes to granola I like to keep it simple. I hope you enjoy my recipe!
IMG_9329_edited-2Ingredients:
2 cups oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup chopped almonds (or other nuts)
2/3 cup honey mixed with 2 tsp hot water
3 Tbsp olive oil

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients together. Add in the honey/water mixture and stir well. Once the dry ingredients are coated well with the honey add in the olive oil. Mix well.

Spread out evenly on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. You will bake the granola for 1 hour stirring every 20 minutes or so to make sure it browns evenly. After the hour let cool (the granola will get even crunchier after it cools). Store in an airtight container.

This thing about granola is that you can tweak it to whatever you love. Try adding different nuts, sesame seeds, raisins or other dried fruit.

Enjoy!

Taylin’s Bedroom…Time For An Update!

I’ve had an itch to do some decorating around my house! The other day I decided to deep clean my daughters room and ended up rearranging. I would love to totally redo her whole room but right now we just don’t have the budget to do that. So basically I’ve decided I need to add a little pop of color to her space. It’s currently purple and gray with a few other random things. She has a few pillows that have pinks and teals in them so I’m going to take from that and try to do a little update to her room!

Here is my inspiration board for the updates to her room!
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The first thing I want to do is some sort of small collage of frames or possibly pictures. I’m not exactly sure but I love this one from Shanty Insanity! Check out her blog…her house is absolutely adorable! I’m sure you will find inspiration for lots of projects!

The second project is going to be painting the back of Tay’s books shelf. This is a big trend right now and a simple way to add color to a space! I’ve seen this on Young House Love and this small shelf on my board is from Welcome To Heardmont. We were given a small very simple bookshelf from some friends. It’s not fancy but it was free and it does the job! So I think it will pop a little more if I paint the back. Lucky for me I already have paint in the right color!

The next thing I’m thinking about is a canopy. This one from How Does She looks super easy to make. It’s made with curtains, ribbon and a huge embroidery hoop. I’ve got some extra white curtains so I’m going to see if I can make something similar out of them!

The final project I’m planning to make is this super fun heart wall art. This is from Honeybee Vintage and is a pretty simple project. I love it because it makes a big statement but is still very simple and inexpensive.

This is her room currently…we will see how it all comes together! The top half looks light purple but it’s actually a gray…I promise 🙂
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The Sweetest Morning

Today was a day in the world of mommyhood that you don’t want to forget. We got up on time. I got Taylin off to school without any major issues. No attitudes. We weren’t running for the bus. She remembered her lunch. You know, all the millions of details that take over my mind each morning. Our routine is to get her off to school then Bry and I eat breakfast and then our day together begins. Today he was full of sweetness and I don’t want to forget it.

Often as mom’s our days are so full of keeping the house running, picking up after the kids, laundry, changing diapers, kissing owies and figuring out why our kids are screaming or whining AGAIN!!! Today I just sat and enjoyed the sweetness of my son. He is almost 20 months and is so full of personality. Just recently he really wants me to be part of his world, playing, showing me things, snuggling and it’s just so precious.

Here are a few pictures from our morning.
IMG_9267IMG_9272_edited-1 IMG_9278_edited-1IMG_9303_edited-1 IMG_9290_edited-1 IMG_9307_edited-1Let me be the first to admit I need to do this more. To stop. Play. Listen. It’s not in my personality to just “sit around”. I have to feel like I did something each day. Today I did. I hung out with my son. There are toys everywhere. I have no makeup on & I haven’t even brushed my hair, but I had the best morning just playing with my son.

Don’t let these sweet moments pass you by!

Taylin’s 5th Birthday – A Rainbow Water Party!

My daughter requested a “rainbow, water party” this year. Her birthday is in August so we normally try do something in the back yard with family and maybe a couple of friends. I love doing fun parties for my kids but often I feel pressure…pressure to make it “Pinterest Perfect”, pressure to invite all her friends, pressure to get the perfect gift…these are the pressures of our culture. I don’t want to get wrapped up in all of that. So here are the pictures from our simple “rainbow water party”!

Water equaled our kid pool, and a slip and slide.

The rainbow part equaled some dollar store decorations, skittles & a very cool rainbow cake I made!

Just wanted to mention most of these pictures were taken by my step brother Phil. He has a knack for photography and blessed us with some great shots! Thanks Phil!

TBP-61TBP-30And now for the cake…it turned out WAY better then I expected and the kids thought it was SOO cool!! TBP-29TBP-62IMG_6566_edited-1Taylin really wanted an American Girl doll. I got one on sale almost a year before her birthday. She was in heaven! My good friend got her and the doll matching dresses!

Now to share a few pictures of her cousins and friends! The kids had a blast and I didn’t kill myself making this party happen! I would call this simple party a WIN!

TBP-59 TBP-51 TBP-34 TBP-24 TBP-20 TBP-9 IMG_6528_edited-1 SERIOUSLY!?!? The emotions in this picture are amazing! These two are Taylin’s cousins…they are all gonna be something else when they are teenagers!! IMG_6519_edited-1 IMG_6531_edited-1Somehow I didn’t end up in a single picture…I usually try to get a picture with the birthday girl or boy…fail! Oh well! Fun times were had and my daughter had a successful 5th birthday!

Bryson’s First Birthday

So I’m a little late (his birthday was in MAY!!!) but I just found a post about my son’s first birthday sitting in my drafts! Not sure how I never published it but I figured I would share the pictures anyways!

I really enjoy putting on birthday parties for my kids but I can’t justify a large budget…it’s just a party after all. Over the years I have tried to come up with cost effective decor and I think I accomplished that with Bry’s first birthday! IMG_5084_edited-1I sewed a scrap fabric banner to hang in the living room and I made the number 1 out of cardboard that I painted with some acrylic paint I had on hand. IMG_5080_edited-1

These decorative balls were made out of construction paper. They were super easy and a cheap way to add a pop of color to the party! IMG_5144_edited-1

I made a giant cupcake for Bry which I also did for my daughters first birthday.IMG_5127_edited-1I added a cute bunting on top instead of a candle.IMG_5198_edited-1 IMG_5202_edited-1 IMG_5212_edited-1

12-12 monthsIt was a simple and fun party to celebrate this sweet boy! I can’t believe how fast time goes! I guess I better start planning his 2nd birthday!