I Won A Giveaway!! Sharing the Amazing Shops Involved!!

We all must scroll past about 100 giveaways a day on Instagram. There are very few that I actually take part in. Unless I really love the shops that are involved. Well that was the case with this recent giveaway that I entered. It was hosted by two of my favorite Insta mamas, @Jacquelinesarahh and @senaenelson, whom I just adore. (They really are the sweetest with the most adorable babes) and the prizes were all incredibly beautiful and matched my home decor perfectly. Since I have been working to finish up my living room (among many other areas of my house) I decided it couldn’t hurt. I never expected to win so when I  opened my Instagram to that announcement I nearly jumped through my ceiling.

As the packages started rolling in last week I was even more blown away by the quality of each item. Everything being handcrafted ethically and locally in California. You all know that I am big on supporting Small Shops!

I have spent the past few days rearranging each item trying to decide where I want each piece to be placed. The task made harder by the fact that my Christmas tree is taking up a good portion of my wall space at the moment. But I decided to snap a few photos anyway.

Odessa & Sons Ill start with something that ended up being for our youngest babe. When I saw that I would be receiving indigo shibori dyed pillow cases from Odessa & Sons, I was over the moon. We are in the process of switching around our kids bedrooms. Our 4 year old is getting a “big boy bedroom” for Christmas which means , by default, our youngest will now have his own room and a big boy bed! I had already chosen indigo shibori bedding for him before this giveaway even existed so that should explain my excitement. All products from Odessa & Sons are hand dyed, using natural dyes , in San Diego, Ca. Check out more hand dyed goods on their website HERE or follow on Instagram

Radical Soul Collective This layered tassel and driftwood wall hanging is by Radical Soul Collective and I am basically in love. The craftsmanship of this piece is so beautiful, creative and unique. This look so dreamy hanging in my living room. Its the first thing you see when you walk in the front door. Its simple but still makesI  a big enough statement to stand on its own. Check out their Etsy shop and Instagram

Sunday Makers I am obsessed with mud cloth and also throw pillows. Put them together and you’ve made me the happiest woman on earth. Its almost as if Sunday Makers knew exactly what I needed when they sent me this pillow. I currently have all cream colored pillows on my couch but black…. its just too good! I have been eyeballing black mud cloth pillows for awhile so this beauty came at just the right time! Merry Christmas to me!! All items by Sunday Makers are made from locally and ethically sourced textiles in Oakland, Ca. Check them out on Instagram 

Madre Handmade This adorable little banner has been floating around my house because I love it so much and can’t decide where it needs to stay. So for now it may just have a new home every day! Including my Christmas tree. This piece speaks for itself. The message is so sweet, as are all of the banners made by Madre Handmade. I actually had a hard time choosing one because I kind of want them all. These banners are handmade by a sweet mama of 3 in Ramona, Ca. You Can find more of her work on her Etsy Shop and her Instagram

Lumitory The last item just makes me so very happy. For the longest time our walls were bare! I mean literally nothing on them. One because we were having trouble agreeing on art or images we both loved and two because  I am terrible about getting our pictures printed. Finally I found these simple black and white cactus prints at hobby lobby so that was a start. Then I received this amazing poster from Lumitory which couldn’t have matched more perfectly. Its simple and just fits the vibe of our home. Check out their website and instagram !!

Four Generations: Establishing Family Bonds

A week spent with family. Something I have come to cherish more as Ive gotten older and had children. Watching my kids establish a relationship with my parents and grandparents evokes emotions that are hard for me to put into words.

Only after hitting my 30s did it become increasingly apparent to me how important it is to nourish and maintain relationships with family and friends. Especially  with those that are willing and wanting to do the same because I’ve also learned that, unfortunately,  sometimes thats not alway the case. Relationships of any kind can be fleeting. There were parts of my family that I didn’t get to see much of, for one reason or another,  as a child so to be able to change that pattern and provide my children with strong family bonds is extremely important to me.

All emotional blabber aside, this week was wonderful. My dad has visited a few times before but this was a first for my grandmother. I love introducing new  visitors to the beauty that  I have fallen in love with. Utah is such a magical place. We have yet to have a visitor who wasn’t in complete awe of the mountain views that surround us in every direction.

Although our Fall colors have come and gone, there is never a lack of beautiful scenery around here. So when my dad mentioned taking photos of the 4 oldest of each generation (My grandma was the oldest in her family, my dad is the oldest of his siblings, so on and so forth) We knew exactly where these photos needed to take place. This park is one of our favorites. It has been the gathering place for many birthday parties and the backdrop of most family photos.

We were all sad when the week inevitably came to an end. We may or may not have shed a few tears but look forward to this being one of many visits to come.

 

Day Tripping : Ophir

Everyone loves a good ghost town right? Anyone that knows me, knows that I’ve always loved history. I want to know it all! It doesn’t matter if its a person, a building, a chair, I want to know the details of how it came to be. Last Sunday we decided to take a little drive to visit the old mining town of Ophir. This was one of my favorite adventures to date. To be able visit a place so rich in history was a dream! Ive read about this town, seen pictures and now I got to see it all for myself!!!

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Ophir was once a pretty profitable silver mining town. At its peak, the population was 6,000. There were saloons, brothels, hotels, stores, a post office, a town hall, a fire station along with homes built for the mining families. Most of these are still there today (along with some newer buildings.) This town was started in 1860 when soldiers came across indian silver mines, noticed that the indians were using silver and lead bullets and basically wanted a piece of the action. So they moved on in. This town was booming for awhile but all good things must come to an end I guess. By 1880 they had extracted everything they could and that was the end. pretty much everyone that has flooded in, left as quickly as they had entered. Leaving only 50 people. By the year 2000 the population had dwindled to 23 people. But almost everything is still there. The rusted mining cars, the town halls, the general store. You can look through the windows and see old pianos and desks where school took place. It really is like traveling back in time. But its eerily quiet. Besides the intense wind we experienced that day it was like having an entire town to yourself. I couldn’t help but wonder if people were watching us explore from windows that we weren’t aware of. Explain the history to the kids was also a big part of the fun.

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I absolutely plan on returning. Maybe when its warmer and we can walk around outside and really explore. But this was by far one of the most memorable days we have ever had.

 

Homeschooling Round 2

The decision to homeschool is one that Ive made once before. About 4 years ago when my oldest son was 8 we homeschooled for an entire year. There were aspects that I loved and some that I didn’t. Looking back now I believe that I just hadn’t researched enough and didn’t wait until I found the perfect method that suited us. I signed up with a strong curriculum based program with grading and tests. It was a great online program but it was basically as if I had taken my son out of public school and started schooling him at home in the exact same way. I wish I had known then what I know now. Some children learn differently and the end result was a lot of stress and tears. All children are different and I hadn’t taken into account that my son needed a different approach. Although extremely intelligent and able to absorb information, he wasn’t one to want to sit and read or write a story. He needed a more hands on creative approach to learning which I hadn’t realized existed. So, long story short, I wasn’t prepared and the following year he went back to school. A part of me was relieved because it had all been so stressful but mostly I felt like a huge failure for not being able to succeed in something that I thought was the best choice for my son. In reflecting now I realize that Im not a failure, the dynamic just wasn’t right.

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Fast forward to the end of 2016. So much has changed in the past 4 years. My oldest is 12. We also have a 3 1/2 year old and a 10 month old. We now live in Utah and live more of a homesteader lifestyle with chickens and a large garden and soon we will have bees. Its a completely different lifestyle than what we were able to have in LA. So now the discussion of preschool for our toddler. In speaking to my husband it quickly became apparent that his thoughts were very similar to what had been weighing on my heart. This boy is extremely self motivated. He wants to know and learn everything!! He can sit for an hour working on something, such as a puzzle,by himself without being asked to do so. He wants to cook his own food and know where the food comes from and how it grows. The choice to homeschool again was scary!! I was fearful and didn’t want to fail again. But I also had a knew out look and more knowledge about what is other and couldn’t let fear effect my decision. At this time I had come across a page on Instagram called Wild and Free.Co. I instantly felt a connection and knew I needed to research more. This is the homeschooling program I needed years ago! Although maybe then it wouldn’t have fit just because our life was vastly different from what it is now.(we have always been campers and nature people just without the animals and semi farm lifestyle) But Wild and Free focus’ on nature and being outdoors and learning from your environment. There is nature journaling and a wild explorers club. They focus on family, growing your own food, adventuring,  and allowing the child to explore as a part of their everyday school “schedule.” I put that in quotes just because although there is structure in our day, it seemed to have come about very naturally.Not forced like some schedules can seem with children. Once you sign up with Wild and Free, you receive a monthly bundle. Every month has a different theme and a book to read with correlating worksheets. We take what we get from WF and then I add activities that focus on math and learning his letters ( at age 3 things are pretty easy and straight forward as far as what he needs to be working on). I have also research a lot about child led learning which is also something we have incorporated into our everyday routine. I take something he has asked about or shows interest in and we run with it. One week he asked about buying a cactus. So we learned about them and then took a trip to our local nursery to buy him one! Another week he saw something about dinosaurs which led to a trip to the BYU dinosaur museum, a giant dinosaur floor puzzle and lots of other dino based activities. We also spend a lot of time outdoors ( when weather allows) to learn about the trees and plants that grow around us. It has only been a couple of months but we are enjoying every moment. Everything we do is a learning experience. Making kombucha, homemade almond milk, growing mushrooms. All of it is a lesson. Even our recent trip to bryce canyon was full of information and the kids sat in the backseat and read all about its history as we drove.

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(making calendula salve from a wild a free tutorial)

Last month our book of the month was “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This book was a life changer!! At first I thought it would be too advanced for a 3 year old but he ended up loving it and asked to read every night before bed and sometimes in the morning also. He connected with the main character and even wanted to make some of the food that they spoke about int he book. In one chapter they talk about Almanzo’s birthday ( the main boy) so we went to the store the following day and bought the ingredients to make him a birthday dinner! This consisted of a roast, beans, corn bread and his favorite dish which was apples and onions. Cove was so excited for my husband to come home from work so he could sit with us and eat the meal he had prepared based off of the book. It was so exciting to him to eat the same food and his favorite character.

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Although our oldest is still attending public school (by choice) he has also benefited from this process with our toddler. He gets involved with all of the fun projects and of course the outdoor exploring. Our weekly trips bring us closer as a family. He also participates in the nature journaling.He is kind of getting the best of both worlds. Although our situation may be a bit different, it is working for our family right now and I am excited to continue and involve our littlest boy as he grows and becomes big enough to take part in the learning aspect of our adventures.

To check out more about Wild and Free visit their website

 

Day Tripping: Bryce Canyon

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This has been a pretty harsh winter with very little activity. I wish I could say that no mater the weather we still get out and adventure but that really isn’t the case. My husband and I used to pride ourselves on how we could just get up and go. No destination. Just a car full of camping gear and a desire to explore. I feel like with each child the number of spontaneous road trips has lessened but I don’t think it needs to stay that way. After sitting indoors for days this winter, the moment that snow let up I was ready to hit the road. My husband was all for it of course. We chose Bryce Canyon as our destination. Its only 3.5 hours from our house and it really is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The kids had so much fun looking out at these amazing structures and also learning about the National Park in the booklet we received on our way in. The only down side to visiting places in the winter is that a lot of the roads are closed. I cannot wait to go back in the spring when more roads are open and we can camp and stay for a longer period of time. But this definitely put our minds back in that place and time when a day trip or over night camp trip was no big deal and happened almost every weekend! Living in Utah means that we are surrounded by beauty and now that our youngest is a bit older I think this summer is going to be filled with adventure. Kids shouldn’t mean less trips. In fact it should be the opposite. I want them to see the world!!

The Library

Every time I step foot inside of a library (not going to lie, its been a while) I instantly become nostalgic for a time when the library was our only source for information. A time before computers, iPads, phones and kindles.When, in order to complete a school project, you needed to check out multiple books on the subject and do the research. I attended a Catholic school (K-5) with a giant library inside. The librarian was a really old woman with grey hair piled high in a messy bun on top of her head. Everyone thought she was a witch but she would smile when I walked past and I thought she was lovely. I remember being so excited on library day. It was always dark in there. Dusty, quiet and mysterious but filled with a certain magic. I recall there being an entire day dedicated to how to properly look for and check out a book. Something I’m pretty sure kids aren’t taught these days. These are things I want to keep alive. I want my kids to use these resources and not rely solely on technology. Since we have had so much snow lately, I thought what better time to take them and teach them and allow them to explore. This ended up being more fun than I could have ever imagined. My boys bonded and interacted like I have never seen before.My oldest took his brother around and showed him how to look for book. Once they both found books that they were interested in, we headed to the children’s area so that the baby could get out and crawl around.There were a ton of wooden toys and he enjoyed taking the books off of the shelves! The older boys found a Theatre box and put on a puppet show for their baby brother and some other little babes that had gathered. Cove also found this awesome coloring table which he scribbled all over but had a blast doing it. We were there for a couple of hours and there was never a moment of arguing or complaining or begging to go home (which with 3 kids is usually the case with at least one of them) When I said it was time to go, thats when I was met with resistance but after some coaxing, we made our way to the front desk. Cove (our 3 year old) felt really important when I told him that he could take the library card and check out the books. He also thought the receipt that magically appeared from a slot in  the middle of the desk was the coolest thing he had ever seen. On the way home we talked about how we have to take care of the books because they do not belong us which in some way makes them more special. We came home and read instead of turning on the tv. This definitely needs to become a more frequent thing in my house. Trips to the library I mean. Its great on snow days but I want my kids to enjoy this all year round.

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xo,

Brittany

Thrifted: Creating A Space We Love

Thrift stores take me back to a time when fitting in seemed necessary for high school survival but also never exactly felt natural to me. While most of my friends opted for trips to the mall for designer clothes, sunglasses and handbags, I was drawn to the wild, artsy streets of venice or the then always exciting 3rd street promenade. There I felt more at home. A crazy, young teen with hot pink hair and tattoos (that I got way too soon and with very little thought behind them) Rather than wearing Juicy sweat suits or whatever else was popular back then, I could be found wearing a bowling shirt with the name “Bob” or “Frank” stitched on the left pocket, a pair a Dickies, and some funky retro sunglasses. 

These days thrifting has taken on a completely different meaning but still brings me the same joy and excitement. Although its not at all new to me, it has now become something that my husband and I enjoy doing together. It has become a weekly thing that we look forward to when he is home from work. We look for unique items for our home and usually come across really cool classic toys for the kids (far better quality than most toys made today)  Since these stores receive new merch daily, the hunt for something really cool becomes the driving force behind all of our early morning trips. You don’t want to miss that ONE thing! It never ceases to amaze me what we are  able to find. Could be a vintage piece or something brand new that has never been opened. Really brings meaning to the saying “One mans trash is another mans treasure.” Oh and while on the subject of “trash” that is a misconception that Ive found comes up in discussions about where we get our “really cool things.” Just because they are pre owned, the items we take home are not dirty or stained or gross in any way! Although they are cleaned before they are put out on the shelves, we are very selective in what we buy and we also re clean these things again once we get home. Also like I said before a lot of the time we are able to find things that have never even been used! 

If you read my December Declutter post you may be thinking to yourself that weekly trips to the thrift store seems a bit counter productive if we are trying to clean out our home. Our efforts although focused on simplifying are also motivated by us wanting to create a space that we love. As we remove things that no longer serve us, our needs, or our lifestyle, we are bringing in items that we find beautiful, that we know will be used and that serve a purpose.We also like the idea of shopping second hand for environmental reasons. We donate things back into the community. Rather than buying new and throwing out the old we are keeping it in circulation.Which means less waste and less support for large manufacturers. From a financial stand point its more affordable than trying to redecorate your entire home with items bought in mainstream stores. It would be taking us a lot longer to finish!!

Check out some fun finds from our last haul. 

Padilla Ceramic Mugs worth $15.00 each paid $.75 each

Ceramic dish $1.00

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Wicker $1.00 each

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(my favorite!) Super cool mounted Beatles poster $1.00 for our sons hippie/music bedroom

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Herbal Medicine Book $2.00

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Wood U.S.A puzzle worth $15 paid $1.50

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The Wind in the Willow/Scholastic text books @ $2.00 each

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Dr. Seuss 4 puzzle set (brand new never opened ) worth $20.00 paid $2.00

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xo,

Brittany

 

looking back on 2016 and December Declutter

This year has been intense. We were rocked by an election and lost too many talented souls. It was filled with extreme highs and lows with very little grey area in between. A lot of changes were made that at the time seemed overwhelming and scary but in my opinion those are the ones that produce the biggest reward. This year has proven that broken links weaken the entire structure of your life and removing those links creates strength. There is something to be said about the law of attraction. The energy you put out into the universe is the energy you will receive. I removed a lot of toxic energy from my life this year. That includes people and situations that were no longer benefiting me, my life and my purpose. In removing these things I opened up space for new amazing friends and wonderful experiences. Once I made the room, the good came flooding in. Change can be frightening but is necessary to move forward on a positive an productive path.

“Coincidence is Gods way of remaining anonymous.” Albert Einstein

Amidst all the crazy that happened, this year gave us our third son. So for that it will go down in the books as  a great year for our family. Its also the year I started this blog! February 1st marks one year for Bohemian and Barefoot. So crazy!! I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people, bloggers, photographers  and businesses. I can wait to move into a new year with this blog.

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I have been feeling the need to purge all of my belongings and start fresh. I have felt the sudden the urge to declutter mentally and physically. This has actually been my focus for the past few months. Getting rid of unnecessary clutter. Ive filled bag after bag of households items and clothes in an attempt to clear out and keep a minimal mindset. Its crazy how many articles of clothing you accumulate over years and I end up wearing the same few basics everyday. As far as home decor, I have only recently found an interest in it. I have always appreciated others ability to create a wonderful space but up until the past few months I never connected with any particular style so I just didn’t bother to focus on it. Lately, I have found myself drawn towards more neutral tones and natural materials. I am really embracing a more simple and minimalist lifestyle. I am looking forward to continuing the process of removing and creating a more fresh and open space.img_0651

We created so many amazing memories this year. We explored, ventured out and really saw what Utah has to offer which is a whole lot of magic!! This is a wonderful place and this year I found a new appreciation for it. We have always been big time crunchy, granola,nature loving people and we found some amazing places to wander. We spent our summer camping and swimming in ponds. Utah in the fall is something that everyone on the planet needs to see at least once. We fell in love with Cascade Springs and hiked long, beautiful trails. iIn the spring we spent Sundays driving through the canyon and having picnics n the mountains. And this year was by far best Christmas of my life. The snow held off. Kept us anxious in anticipation. Until we woke up that morning in a thick blanket of snow. Surrounded by white in all directions.

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This year we got serious about providing our own food. Of course we still rely  on the grocery store and farmers markets but we cut out a good amount of store bought items that we now just make ourselves. Our chickens started laying eggs, we expanded our garden, made kombucha, almond milk, bread, butter, pasta and my husband started his own little mushroom farm! Which i will also elaborate on in a future post.

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Seeing as blogs are basically like big online journals, I thought it would be fun to document some things that impacted my life in one way or another this year. It will be interesting to see what I was enjoying in 2016 a few years from now.

Photography:

I have always been a person that loves to create and loves every art form. Whether I am dancing, cooking, painting, or recreating characters with makeup I NEED to be creating something. Purchasing our professional camera this year really brought my love for capturing moments to life again. I remember walking around Rhode Island during a summer visit snapping photos of old churches with my polaroid. I was probably around 14 at the time. This year has reignited my passion for photography. Of course my kids are easy to photograph because they are beautiful but I really enjoy capturing natural elements. And the editing process is all new and exciting to me.

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Books 

I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this year as I was swept back into the late night netflix routine but I did read  a few.

`A Course in Miracles (I have revisited this many times and have yet to complete it but it is always good when I need a spiritual reboot)

`The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – Many tears were shed but really gets you thinking about life, loved ones and time.

`The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls- Family dysfunction always makes for a fun read 😉

Music

My playlist was pretty folk heavy this year. Soft, unoffensive music. That just made me sound mega old! But really when you have 3 boys you just need to put on some chill music to mellow the vibe in the house.

`Fruit Bats

`Alt J

`Xaviar Rudd.. have to get my reggae in there 

`Jake Bugg

`Bob Dylan ….always Bob Dylan

`Simon and Garfunkel…. a forever favorite 

`Angus and Julia Stone

`Wake Owl 

`have to add that our 3 year old has developed a love for Dave Matthews that makes us so proud! His favorite song is “Crash” and he sings every word.

Television:

I hate to admit that I was sucked back into the black hole that is Netflix but… it happened. I don’t sleep and this is what I do at 12am.  I got hooked on a few shows and they were all really good!

`Bloodline- That family dysfunction again. Makes for great TV

`The Crown- More Family drama but of the royal variety!

`Black Mirror- This show makes my head explode!

`Gilmore Girls…..I admit itThis is my guilty pleasure. I can’t stop. Its involuntary. I am so sucked into the word of Rory and Loralai that I sometimes forget its not reality!!!

There ya have it. My 2016.  Have  Happy New Year Folks!

 

 

A Slow Approach to the Holidays and StoveTop Potpourri

 

 

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My goal this year was to focus simply on creating memories and enjoying moments.  Every year I become so worked up and stressed out trying to make sure things are “perfect” what does that even mean?? I vowed to take a more laid back approach this time around. Turns out that you can get far more done when you remove the pressure. Nothing was forced. We did things spontaneously and everything turned out to be more prefect than if I had sat down and wrote out list upon list (like I usually do). I took things  as they came (not something that comes naturally to me). We attended parties with friends, we put together our own version of the classic gingerbread house with things we already had in our kitchen, we hopped in the car on a whim and went to see the most magical Christmas lights display I have ever seen. All of this creating memories that our children will remember forever. Rather than memories of mom running around frantically trying to check off ridiculous items on a meaningless “To Do” list. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of organization, lists and schedules but not when they come at the cost of your happiness. Because at the end of the day enjoying time with your loved ones is really all that matters. Did I slack on some things? Sure! We haven’t taken the obligatory family Christmas photo, we haven’t even wrapped presents but Im not stressing about it. My kids have experienced so many wonderful things this holiday season and its not over yet. Tomorrow morning we will wake to wrapped presents under our tree because it will get done. We will put on Christmas music, make mom a huge pot of coffee 😉 and open gifts without a single care of the mess in my living room.

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I made play time a priority. And rather than stress about spending a ton of money on decorations we made most of them at home and found a ton of unique items at the thrift store. I prefer thrift stores over mainstream stores for the simple fact that I can find higher quality items and ones that I know everyone in the world doesn’t already have. Like these beautiful stockings!!

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And of course made sure our home smelled like christmas.  I love candles. Especially holiday scents but they aren’t so great so to burning and breathing in all the time so instead I made with this easy stove top Potpourri.

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I just added about a 1/2 cup of cranberries, a few orange slices, 3 cinnamon sticks, a few cloves, some ground nutmeg and a few teaspoons of vanilla to a saucepan with 2 cups of water and turned the burner to low. Allow this to simmer for as long as you want just add water as the liquid will reduce over time. Hope everyone has had an amazing holiday season so far and Merry Christmas!!

xo,

Brittany

 

 

Magical First Snow

Ive recently hopped on the Gilmore Girls wagon and all of this talk of snow being magical has come at the perfect time. We just got our first big snow of the season and that magic and excitement took over my  house. We woke a few mornings ago to our entire neighborhood and backyard completely blanketed in the most beautiful and brightest white you could imagine

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We all gathered on our couch to look out and watch the snow fall. The kids were so excited and the baby was just instantly mesmerized. He sat and watched completely spellbound for longer than I have ever seen him sit in one place.

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We turned on the heater, lit candles and well… my coffee tasted better on this particular morning.

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The kids were so anxious to get outside and play and with my toddler being insistent on dressing himself these days he took on the challenge of putting on his snow clothes which ended up being a bit small. That didn’t phase him at all.

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Luckily the next day we received a package from grandma and grandpa with all new snow clothes and the kids did not hesitate to put them on and run out into the yard. This was the babies first snow suit and I probably laughed for a good 20 minutes after putting it on him. He could barely move and would just roll over to one side.

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But he was just happy to finally be able to get in the snow with his brothers instead of watching from the side lines. My toddler refers to icicles as “ice carrots” and kindly shared them with his brothers.  Watching kids experience things like this for the first time has to be one of my favorite things about being a parent.

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My kids are outdoor boys especially when it snows so they ended up being outside for hours. Then some friend of our invited us to take the kids sledding. This was probably the most fun my kids have had in a long time. They were frozen solid by the end but their smiles were priceless.

I have recently been asked how I dress my babies for the snow. I will put a thinner one piece pajama underneath whatever snow suit or fluffy one piece they are wearing. My babies tend to get hot quickly so any more layers than that and they would be too hot. I will also put a warm hat or beanie on them that covers their ears and mittens or gloves if the outfit they have on doesn’t have them built in. If I know I am going be outside for a long period of time I will bring my baby wrap and a warm blanket to wrap around . Being wrapped tightly against mom or dad is like a furnace!! In the summer I couldn’t wrap the baby unless he was just in a diaper because we would both get too warm so its perfect for cold weather. For my older boys I make sure they have on thick socks and snow boots of course!

* The red snow suit pictured above covers the babies hands perfectly so that he can play in the snow without his hands getting cold. Snow suit and my toddlers grey jacket and pants are from Old Navy! (thanks granmda and grandpa!)

I 100% agree with Mrs. Lorelai Gilmore “Everything is magical when it snows. Everything looks pretty”

XO

Brittany