Summer fun

Hi Friends! How was your 4th of July weekend?

Ours was action packed! We had some:

Cross stitching with cat time

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Guitar playing with cat time

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Apple pie baking with kid time

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It was our first ever attempt at baking a lattice top pie. I was pretty proud of the results.

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There was also some parade watching with friends time.

When you live around Philadelphia, a parade is not complete until you see some Mummers…

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and the Philly Phanatic.

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There was a lot of hanging out with Charlie time.

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I mean, how can you resist this adorable mug?

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On Sunday, the boys left for overnight camp. What is a bored Mom to do but think up some new hobbies?

First up… Whipped Body Butter

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Coconut Oil + Shea Butter + Almond Oil + Rose= this!

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Next was soap making! That was SOOOO FUUUUUUNNNN! (Thanks to my friend, Linh, for expert advice via text!)

The recipe I used had Olive, Almond, and Coconut Oil in it. It also had a bit of Castor Oil and Shea Butter, but somehow they didn’t make it into the photo.

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I felt like a straight up Scientist, what with my safety goggles and digital scale. Tom helped me with the Lye because that stuff FRR— EEEKS me out!

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Linh recommended the hot process crockpot method which is perfect for an impatient person like me.

Check it out… I’m making SOAP!!!

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Mixing in some honey and oatmeal. Wheeeeee!

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Here’s what it looked like this morning after curing overnight. I am dying to slice it up!

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Are there any other soap makers out there? What are your favorite recipes? Any tips for a newbie? I have a feeling that everyone will be getting soap for Christmas this year.


Hello Monday.

I’m running out of things to blog about since I:

1. barely cross stitch these days,

2. am cranky,

3. talk incessantly about my cat.

Stephanie and I did finally make it to dinner and it was FUN!

Drinks on the water = YAY!

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This weekend it RAINED so I stayed inside and worked on hemming curtains for our bedroom. Yes, it only took me 3 years to hang curtains. I like them, but the hems are crooked. How hard is it to sew even lines? (angry face emoticon)

Man hanging things = SEXY!

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The boys turned their room as a private billiards club complete with comfy lounge chairs.

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The eye masks were a nice touch. That’s one classy lounge.

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Luckily they said that we could be members of their club. We spent an evening hanging out and it was indeed quite relaxing and comfortable. They look like first class passengers on a transatlantic flight.

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But the excitement doesn’t stop there. Charlie discovered his shadow! Hilarity ensued.

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The End.

(not so) Deep thoughts

The other night we had the most powerful storm. It caused quite a bit of damage in neighboring areas, but we did ok. After the storm ended, the sky was lit up all fantastic and yellow. It was weird to see a bright yellow sky at 9:00 at night.

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I haven’t been quite as productive this week. In fact, I am feeling downright lazy. It’s nutty how I know something will make me feel better (get up and be productive), but I can’t make myself do it.

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The boys started camp this week. They surprised us by not wanting to go but now that they’re there, they are enjoying it. They are so tan and tired by the end of the day. I approve!

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I have plans with my friend for dinner tonight. She is the type of friend who lifts my spirits and is a joy to be around. The problem is that we are both introverts and have a tendency to cancel our plans at the last minute because the temptation of staying home is so great. So, Stephy, if you are reading this, and you get one of those “Sigh… I’m so tired…” texts from me this afternoon, tell me to snap out of it!

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Happy Thursday, Friends.


I am such a lame blogger these days. Come to think of it, I have been a lame cross stitcher too! Since I clearly haven’t been blogging OR cross stitching, here is what I have been doing:

My sweet boy graduated from 4th grade!

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My other sweet boy finished 2nd grade!

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Charlie tried to remind me to cross stitch, by sitting right on my project.

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I’ve been obsessed with Eleanor and Park. WAAAAHHHHHH that ending!!! I need to know the three words!!!

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We sold some lemAnade.

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I got my Reiki level 3 attunement.

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Here’s to slow Summer days.

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When I grow up…

Two days in a row!

This is the last week of school for the boys. Tomorrow is Biggest’s 4th grade graduation. Next year, he will go to “Upper Elementary.” OMG!

The boys are cleaning out their desks at school and bringing home various composition books. I love reading what they’ve been writing all year. Here is a gem from Littlest.

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I remember when I was little overhearing my parents tell their friends about my “When I grow up I want to be an Archeologist” composition. Everyone laughed and I was mortified. Now that I am a grown up (albeit still not an Archeologist), I realize they were probably laughing because they thought it was funny or cute, but I was embarrassed for YEARS over it. Funny how certain things stick with you.

For the record, I will be 100% supportive if Littlest wants to be app creator, especially if he is offered 100,000,000 diamonds for it by a rich guy.

Maybe it is the heat, but the animals have been sleeping in wacky places. Sammy has started sleeping on top of his bed instead of inside of it.

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And good old Charlie slept on top of the TV!

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Happy Tuesday! Wishing you all a terrific day!

This and That

Hi there!

I haven’t written in a week and a half! I guess there hasn’t been all that much to write about. Last week was a grumpy one.

Recently, I signed up for a makeover your mornings ecourse. It covers things like figuring out your goals and prioritizing and all that jazz. Two of the goals that I set were to check at least 5 things off of my procrastination to-do list and drink 20 ounces of water each work day. A lot of the tasks are so simple but I kept putting them off. Now they are getting done and it’s surprisingly satisfying and motivating.

I’ve been kinda obsessed with Pinterest lately and have been pinning up a storm. This weekend I actually used some of my pins with various levels of success.

Listerine Foot Soak. Bleh. It tingled a little but worked no miracles on my feet.

DIY Oatmeal Packets. Yum. I brought one to work today.

Spicy Roasted Chicken Legs. They were tasty, but how could they not be with all of that butter?

Popsicles. Littlest gave them the thumbs up but we couldn’t get them to stick on the stick part. I screwed up popsicles?!

In a further fit of productivity, I did this…

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You all can appreciate this, right?!! IT’S ALL OF MY CROSS STITCHING SUPPLIES ORGANIZED IN BOXES!!! Squeeeeee!!!!

After I finished organizing them, I carried them nonchalantly into the room where Tom was watching TV to show off. I curse myself for not taking better pictures because they are so great.

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Speaking of cross stitching, here is the latest.

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I don’t love it so far but am trying to withhold judgement until I get further along.

Happy Monday!

Around here…

I am super crabby this week. I think that hormones have something to do with it since I am also eating everything in sight. The greasier and sugarier the better. Ugh!

Around here…

I ran into this turtle on a lunch time walk.

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I got a haircut. Here it is all tousled and beachy-waved when I left the salon. It looks nothing like this now that I have to style it myself.

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In addition to being an all-around perfect cat, Charlie is now a tarot card reader.

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This is how he tells me he’s done with readings. He refuses to budge even if I ask him for more clarity.

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Sammy got into weirdo poses much to Coal’s chagrin.

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We took some walks.

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And read some books.

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The boys participated in their first track meet. It was rainy and cold but they persevered! Littlest got a 1st place ribbon for the long jump and Biggest got a 2nd place ribbon for the 100m dash. They were super excited.

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What are you up to this week?


Hi Blog!

It is rainy and cold here this week, a bit strange for the beginning of June. Biggest is disappointed because his class trip to the lake was canceled. I secretly am enjoying this weather anomaly. It feels cozy to be stuck inside when it’s rainy outside.

We had a nice weekend. It included a sushi date (mmmm) and a lot of kitchen/cooking time for me. It doesn’t get any better than that. Well, it does, but I’m trying to be a thankful/positive person.

Lately my mind has been on simplifying. I want a simple life and I don’t mean that fake curated perfect looking simplicity that you see on blogs and in magazines. I want true simplicity; to live modestly, cook our own foods, and make do with what we have. It’s a constant struggle between this want vs. our current situation.

We have a busy life in a busy suburb with busy kids and busy careers. I suppose there is a time and season for everything and some day things will be slower and simpler for us. In the meantime, I try to do what I can to bring pockets of simplicity into our world. Some people think I’m a weirdo for baking bread or making bugspray or insisting that things be made from scratch when I’m already up to my eyeballs in chores, but it makes me feel better, like I am taking baby steps towards something. Ya know?

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Sitting on the dock of a bay

Hi Blog!

Maybe it’s obvious to everyone else, but I realized over the weekend that I like to be busy. Because I was sick leading up to our trip, I didn’t do such a good job of planning food and activities. So we didn’t do much, besides eat out and hang out. The boys thought it was great but I was SO BORED! It was so foreign to me to not be cooking or busy with something. Is this how normal people relax? Weird.

Here are some photos.

Always a packed car.
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Reeling in a big one (not really).
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Relaxing on the bay.
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Nothing to do but watch the boats go by.
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I finished this!
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More “relaxing”. AAAAAKKKKK! Isn’t there a pantry to organize or something?
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Fun and games on the boardwalk.
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Me and my sweetie.
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This guy burrowed in the couch
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Which quickly turns into this:
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Or this:
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Love these three.
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I guess this part of relaxing is OK.
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Old souls and best buds.
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Coming home to this cutie. YAY!
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And starting something new.
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How was your weekend?


Last night I got hit by a terrible stomach bug and feel crappy today. Thankfully this is a 3 day weekend! We are going to the beach house. Never mind that I haven’t packed yet. Details… details. One of these days I will make everyone pack for themselves. That will probably mean that we will have Pokemon cards and a laptop, but no toothbrushes or clean underwear.

I am hoping for some quality stitch time at the beach. Yesterday I bought myself another Hardwicke Manor hoop. If you haven’t tried these hoops, you should! They really are the best. Crabby Cross Stitch Lady agrees and she knows everything!

Good things today:

a (relatively) clean desk

Friday jeans day

cold water

that the boys still like to snuggle

Honey Nut Cheerios

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