Wednesday, October 19, 2011


We are taking a little blog break to focus on our Etsy shop. Be sure to check back often. We'll be posting our new products here.

Until then!

Monday, October 17, 2011

NEST: Hooks

We live in a modest sized house.  It is wonderful and such a blessing.  But, with five of us, we have to be smart about our usage of space.

One way we have found to maximize our space is by using hooks.  Such a simple solution, yet so very helpful.  We have them everywhere.

Some of my favorite hook placements are:

To hang a mobile above our son's crib.

To hang a sweet nest in our daughter's room.

To hang a fern in our kitchen.

To hold our pot holders.

For coffee mugs and tea cups.

To save a bit of counter space and hold our bananas.

To hold our scrub brush and allow it to drip dry.

To have a towel at a reachable level for our kids in the bathroom.

And when it is not scorching hot, I love to hang a flowering plant out front!

We also have a hook on our deck to attach a clothesline to a tree.
We have many hooks in our basement to hang clothes and also hang tools.

We are so thankful for how cheap and easy to implement hooks are!  What a space saver!

Monday, October 3, 2011

PLAY: Party Drinks

We recently hosted a cookout for a bunch of our friends.

As I was planning the menu and making a list of things to buy, I was overwhelmed by how expensive it was all going to be.  We have a small kitchen and did not have enough plates and silverware to accommodate everyone, but I didn't want to have to buy all disposable products for our guests.  Not only would it be expensive, it would have filled our trash can to the brim.

One very simple solution I came up with was to fill our drink bucket with individual ball jars filled with sweet tea and lemonade.  I only had one pitcher, which was being used for sangria, and I did not want to have to purchase another.  It made it so simple for guests to easily grab a drink without having to pour it and once I had them in the drink bucket, I did not have to think about them again.

It was so simple, easy, spill proof and economical!  Consider giving it a try at your next party!

And because we are talking parties, look at this amazing bouncy house my kids got to enjoy at a recent cookout we attended!  It put our croquet and bocce to shame!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

PRAY: the birds and the bees

I'm relatively Type A. Not like A ++ when it comes to everything, but a pretty high degree of A-ness on the whole.

And part of the territory is that I've had this plan for how my life would go since the age of ten (or four?). And although there are things I could not have begun to imagine would have been so amazingly wonderful and beautiful, there have been times where I thought things would have gone differently, and maybe even better had they gone according to my little planski. In those moments, I've caught myself wondering if maybe somewhere along the line God forgot about how things were supposed to go for me.

Last night, a friend of mine was discussing that she had been feeling that way lately, and our other friend brought up Matthew 6:26:

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

And isn't it the truth? If God remembers to feed the birdies and duckies every day, would he really forget the fact that she was hoping this season of pain would pass? Certainly not.

Moving forward, in my times of trial, I will undoubtedly lean upon this verse to be reminded that as long as God is still feeding the baby birds, he's going to take care of my needs too.
PS: If you're a bird. I'm a bird. :)

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Monday, September 26, 2011

MAKE: Home Cleaning Solutions

Once I became a mama, I knew that I wanted to clean up my act in terms of home cleaning.  I wanted to be sure that the products I used were incredibly safe to have around our daughter and I didn't want to worry about what was under my kitchen cabinet.

We have made a lot of simple and very frugal changes around our home and I couldn't be more pleased with the results.

Stacy at Delightful Home recently wrote a great post that pretty much sums up all of the changes we've made.  I couldn't have said it better, so I thought I would direct you to her fabulous post!  Happy cleaning!

Friday, September 23, 2011

EAT: Melon...lots of melon.

A mostly-emptied watermelon and a spoon in the backyard--that was summer bliss as a kid. Often my mom would scoop out about three quarters of the melon for a fruit salad to take to a cookout and leave me with the remnants. I remember sitting in the grass and eating every bit of red from that shell. Melon makes summer so sweet. 

Cantaloupe and tomatoes from my garden...mmm

Here in Colorado, melons are plentiful right now. Cantaloupe is two for a dollar. And, my garden smells like sweet, ripe melon. As the melon season winds down, I'm making the most of it. My favorite refreshing afternoon treat is a melon smoothie. This is the simplest smoothie in the world. 

Melon Smoothie
Ingredients: chunks of melon, ice, a little water
Directions: Place all ingredients in your blender or Magic Bullet and blend.
                  Pour it into a glass and enjoy! Share if you must.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

PLAY: a new addition

It can't go without saying. Welcome to the world Diego Brantley Guzman. We are so happy you're here :) I can't wait to snuggle you!
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