Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two-On-One Time

If any of you have more than 1 child I think it goes without saying, that each child is different and unique, with their own individual needs and personalities. That special exclusive attention I feel is vital for children growing up with siblings. Unfortunately, being parents to two or more children make it more difficult to provide One-on-One bonding with each child, especially with the demands of each day. So, we felt lucky to have spent a little bit of time alone with Miss Chesa Sunday night. Malaya stayed the night with Matt's parents and we came home and had a few good laughs. It's crazy how almost instantly her whole demeanor changes once she isn't around her sister. That Chesa girl of ours is so funny, and here is a short clip to prove so... you may want to turn your speakers down ;)
 
 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Confessions of a recycling hoarder

 
One little fact about me, is that I'm quite the recycler. I try to be as environmentally conscious as I possibly can by recycling, reusing and being responsible with energy. The sound of water running and being wasted is like nails on a chalkboard for me, the sight of someone brushing their teeth while the faucet is running is like watching a horror movie! It's been said that only half of Americans recycle daily. I definitely don't belong to that half of Americans. In fact my recyclables take up a good amount of floor space in our kitchen, which thoroughly annoys Matt. Somehow he always manages to kick over a pile of empty milk jugs at 2am, and that pirate ship we built for Mally's birthday has taken his car's space in the garage for the past 2 months now because, "I'm waiting to recycle it." This morning, we finally gathered all of it together and made a trip to the recycling plant. Although, my floor may not see the light of day for very long, at least we know our household is doing what we can to help preserve our planet. To learn more on recycling, head over to Earth911.com
 
DID YOU KNOW...
Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt light bulb lit for almost 4 hours
All those bags were stuffed into my cabinets,
and those are the infamous milk jugs that cause a ruckus at 2am
What we got rid of
 

The Things We Find Inside

Friday, October 26, 2012

What we've been up to


I finally made my blog button! Matt ran to the store yesterday and came home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, I took advantage of this and since I need to make my buttons I got to work. After reading and re-reading html code directions I made a couple! Feel free to grab one :)  Here are a few Instagram pics from last weekend and a couple of this week. We took Mally to her first rock concert on Saturday, where she won the most energetic concert goer and received a bag of pixie sticks. Sunday we went to Silver Dollar City with some of our good friends, we all had a great time and had some laughs. This week we played dress up, snuggled and I'm excited to mention our feet were featured on the Minnetonka Blog! If you'd like, find us on instagram @wildflowers3
 
 

 
Ohsoamelia

Linking up with Aloha Friday Blog Hop




Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Currently

Before bed cuddling and Bob Dylan 


Linking up with Embrace The Camera

Nifty Thrifty: Vintage toddler blazer

I'm so excited about my recent Goodwill score, a vintage blazer for Mally. I've been dying to find a blazer for her, I debated on buying a new one from a few places but I'm glad I didn't. I saw this little beauty Monday and fell in love! It has some fading around the shoulders but for 2 dollars and some styling, the fading seems hardly noticeable. We played around with a nautical look here, and I think my little model pulled it off well!
 



Willamette Valley Wonder Woman

Friday, October 19, 2012

DIY: T-shirt Scarf

This project is super simple and can be done with a couple things you probably have around the house. I decided to make this for Mally, so I used one of my old holey extra small shirts.
 
 

*What you need*
T-shirt: the smaller the shirt the better fit for children
Sissors

Cut just under armpits

Cut several strips down the shirt


Stretch the strips
Gather strips, making sure seam are together
Cut 1 strip to make a long piece
Twist the strips once to make a figure 8
 
Fold together both ends to make a circle
All seams should be grouped together

Tie the end of the long strip right above the seams


Loop the strip around and through the hole, pull tight
Do this step until the strip is completely covering all the seams
Tie a couple knots at end and you can either cut the loose fabric or tuck it in



This is your end product



 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I've been nominated: Liebster Blog Award

I am extremely excited to have been nominated for the Liebster Award! My lovely blog friend Stefani was kind enough to have considered me for a nomination. Go check out Stefani, Eric and Josephine over at Miss Jo and Co. they are a sweet little family :)
 
The Liebster Blog Award is an award that is given by the blogging community to new up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.
 
**Here are the details on receiving this award**
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you’ve nominated to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs!
 
**STEP ONE: 11 things about myself**
I'm kind of a Germaphobe
I prefer to heat my ice cream up in a microwave for 12 seconds before eating
I dance and sing constantly
I'm a light sleeper, I can hear a pin drop in my sleep swear!
Love to interpret dreams,
Dreammoods.com is my go to online source
My favorite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid
I'm very indecisive
I'm a Gemini
I've never seen Twilight
Is the worst speller you'll ever meet
I use
songmeanings.net quite often, I love to know the meanings behind lyrics
 
**STEP TWO: My answers to Stefani's questions**
1. What three qualities does your dream house just have to have?
   -Open spaces, lot's of color and secluded
2. What's your favorite season and why?
   -Ahhhh, probably spring! I love that feeling of the first warm spring day after being cooped up all winter. Flowers, budding trees, fresh green grass what's not to love?
3. If you could learn any language, what would it be (and why)?
  - Italian, because it sounds so romantic.
4. And if you could see anyone (alive or dead) in concert, who would it be (and…why)?
  - Led Zeppelin! No question about it, I have a thing for Robert Plant and because they are rock gods
5. What 3 books would you need to have on a desert island?
  - The 5 people you meet in heaven, The Shack and Eat, Love, Pray
6. Sum yourself up in…one word. Go.
  - Versatile
7. What is your favorite lesson you learned from your parents?
  -  I won't dig too deep into this subject in an attempted to keep my most treasured moments private, but I will say that my parents were always hard workers and provided for me and my 4 brothers growing up :)
8. If you had your own personal all-capable robot, what's the first task you would program it to do?
 - Learn how to give a deep tissue massage, Ahhh I wish!
9. In celebration of "The Walking Dead" tonight…what's your plan of action for the zombie apocalypse? :-)
 - Ha ha, I love The Walking Dead!! Underground living until the girls get older?
10. If you could keep any animal for a pet, what would it be?
 - A fox would be fun
11. If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- Blue jeans, white vneck cotton tshirt, mocs, jewelry and sunnies
 
**STEP THREE: Create 11 questions for the people I nominate**
1. What's your biggest pet peeve
2. Name 3 artists currently in your car CD player? Or last 3 music artists you purchased from.
3. If you could only eat 1 meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
4. What is your favorite line from a movie?
5. Congratulations, you just won a billion dollars. What's your first purchase?
6. What's your astrology sign?
7. Let's say hypothetically, you're an actor. What character role would you play in any movie?
8. What song would you pick to be the theme song of your life?
9. According to your closest family and friends what's your signature/ trade mark (something that you're known for)
10. what's your most treasured item? (nonliving)
11. What's the best way to embarrass you?

**STEP FOUR: Here are the people I nominate** (I'm off a few)
Jessica @ Jessica Photography + Art  (her photos are amazing)
Adin @ Thrift It. Flaunt It. The SAHM Way  (check out her latest thrift outfit, so cute!)
Kym @ Deaf in the Kitchen  (Can't wait to try her Crock pot Italian Turkey Meatballs)
Melissa @ Willamette Valley Wonder Woman  (She's hosting a Thursday link up today, go hop on!)
Sil @ Love n Lavish (Check out her Etsy shop)
Heidi @ Typative  (So talented at crocheting)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Look at those Maples!


This last weekend we visited Maplewood Cemetery, a local cemetery that's known for it's intense colored sugar maple trees every autumn. Around this time each year people flock to this spot to enjoy the peaceful scenery, amongst other things. Later that night we put together a small fire and we enjoyed hotdogs and smores. This was the girls first bonfire and everything went well, except for the fact it was windy and Chesa was a tad bit afraid of the fire... and when I say "tad bit" I mean A LOT. Then, as soon as she starts to get use to the idea... cue lightening. Even though Chesa didn't react as expected to the bonfire, we still had an awesome weekend :)
 

Mally's just like her dad, always making silly faces in pictures!


"It's a lady bug sissy!"


No skateboarding in Target

Someone fell asleep before finishing lunch


Monday, October 15, 2012

Every once in a while...

Every once in a while a moment like this happens and it feels as if I live in an alternate universe

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween Traditions: Movie Style

Every year around this time I like to start watching my seasonal movie favorites. I love that I can recall so many good memories just by watching a movie. Now that my girls are getting older and understanding more, I'm excited to be starting our families list of "family tradition movies".  Here are the top 5 on my list of Kid Friendly's and Adult's Only. I'd love for you to comment below and tell me some of your favorite movies that get you into the Halloween season!
 
 
*Kid friendly*
 
5. It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Super excited to be adding this movie to our list of October traditions
4. Corpse Bride
Johnny Depp enough said
Johnny Depp + Helena Bonham Carter = absolutely necessary
3. Casper
I remember my 5th grade self
going bonkers over Devon Sawa
2. The Addams Family series
As a kid, there were a few years I went as Mortica for Halloween
I must have thought she was classy lol
1. Hocus Pocus
I watch this EVERY single year... and yes
Every year I will singalong with Sarah Jessica Parker in that scene
 
 
*Adult's Only*
 
5. Night of the Living Dead
What's Halloween without Zombies??
4. Jeepers Creepers
Okay, so I'll admit. I think this is a silly movie, but I have an obsession
with how creepy that scarecrow is when he's in the field
and now I'll be singing this song all night long...
3. Trick r Treat
This is a newer movie, a bit odd, with 4 separate stories
Matt and I have watched this every year together since it's been out
2. Halloween Series
It's a Halloween staple
It says it right there in the title
1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
So, I have a thing for musicals, the 70's and the unusual
I watched this long before I knew exactly what the movie was about
I would literally leave this marathon on TV all day and go about my business
Just listening to it faintly in the background and singing along.
I probably know every line from this movie.
I would love to attend this in the movie theater
where they drench you with water and scream at the screen
Oh and it probably helps that Tim Curry reminds me of Freddie Mercury in this movie :)