Thursday, February 11, 2016

Project 52 -- Week 6

The devil is in the details ... or so they say. I love this photo (a rare one of the two yahoos together) because of all the details I see. Cami trying to stand as close to Kane without touching him as possible (and announcing that that is exactly what she's doing), because she's obsessed with him and he wanted a photo by himself. The checkered shirt Kane rocks because it's the closest to "daddy's." All of the changes in our living room since we moved in less than a year ago and how much happier (and bigger!) these two look in front of the fireplace than they did the night before our move. The details are all there, you just have to know where to look.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine's Day Strawberry Sugar Scrub

We already checked off a new DIY Bath Product from our Winter Bucket List when we made a Salty Brown Sugar + Vanilla Body Scrub, but this winter weather is still doing a number on our skin. When Kane used up our last batch of body scrub this weekend, all H broke lose. Fortunately, they're incredibly easy to whip up and we decided to go with a fun Valentine's Day batch this time.

I don't usually like fruity bath products, but the vanilla and coconut balance this one out. Plus, the kids had such a fun sensory experience making it, this one definitely tops our list. If you still need a present for the sweet ones in your life, this is it!

-  1 cup freeze-dried strawberries (eat the rest of the package!)
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 3/4 cup organic coconut oil, at room temperature
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Directions: Place dried strawberries in a sealed bag and crush into a powder with a rolling pin. Add all ingredients into a large bowl and let the kiddos mix together by hand. Squish and squish until well mixed. Store scrub in an airtight container.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Look for Less!

Always a big fan of faux shopping, I just started surfing around online for the kids' spring clothes. And every time I've added something to my shopping cart (just to save for later, of course!), my jaw drops a bit at the price total. I usually wait for sales to stock up, but what if you can't?! I want them to look cute and they want to look cute, but come on. So I thought I'd try out a semi-regular feature -- the well-known "look for less" post!

First up, a fab boys look from J.Crew (a definite favorite of all of ours). Most of these pieces are pretty basic, which makes me hate spending a lot of money on them. I might splurge on the shoes, because they are bright and different, but you can see it's not too hard to find something similar that is much less. It's like a sporty, slightly dressed up, casual look that I know Kane would wear!

"The Look"                                           

Monday, February 8, 2016

Squeaky Clean Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon + 30 Days of Dinner

I'm dreaming of the weather being just slightly warmer so that I can stand to stay outside and grill something for din. But until that happens, we'll keep cranking through slow cooked comfort foods. The kids LOVED this Bourguignon -- they chowed it down without noticing (or at least not caring) about all the veggies inside. I skipped thickening the broth (because I can't really stand many of the Paleo-friendly cooking starches) and just labeled some of the broth over the meat when I served it. No complaints.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Friday Five!

Yay for the first full week back to school! Here's what we were up to in between repeatedly putting on, taking off, drying, and redressing everyone in their snow gear.

Cooking -- whenever things get busy around dinnertime, I pull up this great Food52 non-recipe for breakfast hash. It's a good checklist to use to pull ingredients you already have together to make a delish meal. Plus, I'd eat eggs all day long.

Playing -- we had a super fun time at our recent family game night in. A win for new games!

Wanting -- I have not been able to find someone to give me the hair color I want for at least the past 7 years. I don't know if it's them, if it's my hair, or what. But I hate golden blonde on me and it seems to be all anyone will do. The last time I had it colored, I just said don't even bother trying. Just make it dark. But I'm itching to get it lighter and this is what I want. Anyone? Anyone know a good blonde highlights stylist in the DC area?!?

Making -- after we tried out Little Loving Hands in December, the kids' Uncle Steve purchased a yearly subscription for them for the holidays. We've fallen a little behind, but are working on two new crafts to donate to kids in need. Possibly my favorite craft subscription for kids ever.

Reading -- We FINALLY finished Magnus Chase and are about to start a new Blue Balliet book (we loved the Wright 3 series and even took a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago a few years back because of it). I just started Americanah and am already hooked a few chapters in -- if you're ever looking for good book recommendations, my friend Darcy reads more than any other person I know and always shares her reviews!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

DIY Snow Putty

Almost all of the 2+ feet of snow dumped on D.C. a few weeks ago has disappeared. So we decided to make our own! Head over to The Land of Nod's blog to check out our DIY Snow Putty. Part science, part art, part sensory fun. And all much easier to deal with than the real deal.

2016 Project 52 -- Week 5

We've cut back considerably on the kids' sugar intake recently, but for our recent game night, I put together several sweet treats for them. I love this picture of Cam -- her sweet eyes are always bigger than her tummy. She took down a few pieces of candy and one bite of Mochi and decided it was "too many sweets." No idea where she gets that from!