Everything is awesome!

10 Jun

Everything is cool when you’re living the dream ;)

Seriously though, California is great. It feels like home and things are amazing. We’re in a primo location. A few hours to Lake Tahoe, only half an hour to San Francisco or wine country. We’ve done so much exploring and we’ve only hit the tip of the iceberg. Farmers markets with (gasp) actual farmers, take note central Florida! No produce resellers here or bags that look like the ones sitting on the grocery store shelves.

The kids are thriving, too. Homeschool has been great, but we recently hit such a perfect stride! The “deschooling” process was rough, but we got our Oak Meadow curriculum after the move and he has jumped in with full force. I decided to buy the second grade and third grade. Even though he has technically been in second grade this year, we had some time off during the move and I feel like certain areas could use a boost. We’ll be working through the second grade package from now until the fall and then picking up with third grade right on time.

Let me tell you, Oak Meadow is fantastic for the big kid! Between his SPD, reluctance to read, but huge love of details and learning…its just perfect. His confidence has skyrocketed and he is choosing to read instead of it being a chore. We are really glad to have found OM. The tiny child just turned two, but insists on doing school with us, so naturally she is included! I’m a fan of Montessori for the younger set, so I’ve set her up with some work. It is seriously exciting to see them excited to get down to business in the classroom :)

An inexpensive, health-conscious Easter basket for a 1-year-old

1 Apr

bridubs:

Such a sweet idea from a friend! What are in you Easter baskets?

Originally posted on The Clay Fox:

Inexpensive, healthy Easter basket for 1-year-old

Easter is such a beautiful holiday for what it truly means, and although the connection to bunny rabbits and plastic eggs is a little blurry, it is such a fun tradition to receive a basket and scavenge for pastel hidden treasure. If you have a toddler, you may echo my frustration for the “cookie-cutter” baskets with feeble, small plastic parts and sugar packed together in cute shapes like baby chicks and sweet chubby bunnies. I have always enjoyed anything custom-made because it shows the effort and consideration given to the gift, but custom doesn’t have to mean expensive. I was able to run out to Target and Walmart (they were conveniently in the same parking lot) and grab everything I needed for a very low-cost.

I thought I would share in case any other mom was looking for a little Easter basket inspiration for their little one:

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Big changes!

14 Jan

I have an incredibly legitimate reason for being absent! WE’RE MOVING! So long Florida, hellloooooooo California!

Hubs has accepted a killer job offer in San Francisco and we couldn’t be happier. I’m staying super positive and trying to not pull my hair out. He’s shipping off without me and the kids to start work and we’re tasked with getting the house packed up and ready to rent/sell. Deep breaths! I feel like singing, “We Shall Overcome”! Seriously though, it will be a trying month-ish, but I’m ready to take on the adventure of moving cross country to a hugely diverse, amazing city.

So! All you people snooping around, share your favorite San Francisco tips! We’re house hunting in east bay to give the kids a yard (something they’ve never had), but plan on exploring everything. I’ve got my fingers crossed for comments, don’t disappoint!

This is why I’m horrible at blogging

24 Dec

I don’t update. Really. I’m quite awful at keeping track of this thing! We’ve been up to all sorts of shenanigans. Science experiments, LegoLand field trip, holiday hubbub and all sorts of good stuff. I’ll break it all down for you soon. We’ve also started working on Montessori-ing our spaces for the wee one, so that’s fun! I’ve got loads of ideas to share! Be on the look out :)

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Halloweenies: Part 1

31 Oct

Ah, October 31. The one day where it is acceptable to pretend you are something you aren’t, go door to door and harass strangers for treats. If you haven’t heard of it yet (helllooooo are you under a rock), consider having more than just candy tonight! The Teal Pumpkin Project is in full force and is a cause near and dear to our family. A teal pumpkin signifies your house has non-food treats for trick or treaters that suffer from food allergies. Stickers, pencils, vampire teeth, erasers…there are tons of options! Lets keep the fear on Halloween for make-believe monsters and not actual deadly experiences :)

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If you are fresh out of pumpkins to paint, you can print out an awesome sign like mine HERE or if you are just offering non-candy treats, try THIS sign.

I’ve got Minnie Mouse and Harry Potter hanging out with me tonight. Part 2 will come after sundown, lets hope I can get some great pics!

Pizza pizza

27 Oct

Sometimes you just need to sit back, relax, and eat a pizza the size of your trunk. This is a dose of realness. As much as I try to feed my family healthy food, we will totally dig into this cheesy goodness (all except for the wee babe, she gets some vegan deliciousness due to allergies). The best thing about gigantic pizza? Husband could indulge in it all week for lunch.

Here’s some visual proof that this beast of a pizza exists. That’s the back of my Prius. Epic. Simply epic.

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I totally realize that this post has no substance whatsoever. I’m ok with that if you are :)

The Magical Land of Aldi!

24 Oct

How many times have you heard (or even said), “We try to eat organic, but it is so expensive?” Let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that at least some of that can be answered by shopping at your local Aldi!

I don’t know about everyone else, but I feel like Aldi markets have a bad rap. The German based company is well known for super low prices and is often met with skepticism. Well, I’m here to kick that skepticism in the butt (at least a little bit). I recently had an Aldi store open nearby and was so pleasantly surprised by their variety and prices. They also carry some “all natural” products, of course, people’s comfort level varies with that particular label, but they are a great value while still eliminating some questionable ingredients. Seeing is believing, so I went through the store like a crazy person a few weeks ago and snapped pictures all over with my phone. Ready? Set? Go!

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