Saturday, August 20, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
This time of year, it's hectic. The rush of buying new school supplies, organizing schedules, meal plans, diets, budgets, holiday parties and keeping the house together is A LOT. It's like building a block tower. Eventually, you can't add any more blocks to the tower without the inevitable "TIMBER!"
Balancing these to do lists can be stressful, but it's how we handle it that is stressful. Reminding our kids as they step into the classroom again, this sentiment is important for them too. We can be miserable we are in a different class/school/teacher or we can be positive. The effort is the same. Why not put that energy into positive affirmations?
Some ideas for the kids is to keep a daily gratitude journal. It could be as something as simple as they really liked the hot lunch meal or that gym class was outdoors. For adults, your gratitude could be catching that sun rise on the morning commute (instead of the traffic) or the breath that keeps you calm during the 5 o'clock witching hour.
Encouraging each other to find the happiness will build a happier person who shares it with the world. And when you share it, it multiplies. KARMA
Friday, August 12, 2016
If you know me, I'm a big fan of pajamas, especially with all the holidays. Gap just put some of girls and boys online. I was excited to see our mummy set back, because I can get one for amelia!
It's supposed to be 111 degrees today. Library and Target will be in the forecast. I plan on getting this book and hopefully not have a meltdown in the toys department.
Aaron's birthday is Monday and I hope to celebrate one evening this weekend - sans kids. We are going to make an apple pie. How have we gone all summer without making a pie?
Have you seen some of the fall trends this year? I think this skirt could be a good transition piece from summer to fall.
Tips for clean house with kids.
We have been waiting for this since july and I really want it to be here!! I have seen it in so many beautiful homes lately. Have you seen Ambers family photos? She is so darn cute. She has the sofa too! The west elm chair she has pretty much confirms that will be my next purchase too.
What are your plans for the weekend?
Thursday, August 11, 2016
We went to Dexter, Michigan to pick some blueberries. I probably should have considered the heat, but figured since it was cloudy we would be ok. However, our "up for anything" Eleanor was dragging her heels. Everett usually takes on that roll, but he enjoyed himself and wanted to continue. I know he's totally ready for school to begin. Aching to learn. We talked about nature, farmers, photosynthesis (rain + sun) and money.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Motherhood and all it's glory. These days I'm definitely not naive to the hard times. And I know that these little everyday moments make up a pretty amazing life.
Friday, August 5, 2016
instagram stories have provided so many more places to look at what people are doing. It's making me a little crazy, but for some of my favorite bloggers that aren't on snap chat, I can see some of their creative process with the stories...but i prefer the snap filters.
By now, I hope you know who won the Bachelorette. I think they are cute.
Boy hasPresident Bill aged well...
When we had our college graduation, he was the commencement speaker. People in the front row had cryptic messages on their caps for him, for such educated people you would think they would have something smarter than a hand drawn penis.
olympics start and I am pumped. Michael Phelps to make history!
how amazing is this shibori duvet? I really admire everything Rachel does (did you see the weave I bought from her Smile and Weave Flashsale?), but this is totally my jam. Reminds me of some of the ones I make, but on a larger scale.
I am dying to try this easy recipe this weekend, as long as no one has the virus Amelia picked up this week. Fingers crossed!
i bought this top and i think i need every color.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
I caught a yoga class yesterday thanks to my favorite mother in law. I think this is the second class all year I have made it to in a studio. Mostly my practice consists of toddlers climbing on my back, dogs licking my face and dinner simultaneously getting made. It was wonderful to be in a classroom, with my eyes closed for an hour.
As a reminder, Slowburn is a style of yoga, created by Jonny Kest, which is intended for your eyes to remain closed. The postures are always very grounded and you breathe deep belly breaths instead of the ujaii breath in ashtanga or vinyasa. This makes the class a bit slower, but you almost hold the postures longer since each breath is about 2-3 seconds long.
Here was my class taught by Cindy.
On our backs, hand on the belly
Mini Crunches (Inhale legs straight // Exhale elbow to knee) Repeating to build the breath
Plank (hold for about 1 -2 minutes)
Sun A's Side Bend L & R Hold chatarunga 3 breaths
Sun B's (Meet in Chair - she told a story about when we feel the lowest, we often go back to our roots to fill ourselves up again)
Arms open R, L, Mini backbend, vinyasa
Three legged dog (R)
Crescent on the knee
Extended Side Angle
Dragon Fly Twist
Repeat flowing on our own
Three legged dog with toes pointed towards grounded leg, pushing hands into mat HOLD
Crescent on the toes Tall (HOLD)
Warrior 2 (Hands pointed up - sending love out - love is a boomerang)
1/2 nor full splits