Saturday, December 20, 2014

Elijah's Birthday Trip

Evangeline loved the Playscape. 
We decided to do something really fun for Elijah's 5th birthday and took the family to the Indianapolis Children's Museum.  It was AMAZING and we all had so much fun!  Taking the family  to Indy has been on our bucket list for almost three years and I am glad we were finally able to make such a wonderful memory with the family.  

Evangeline loves playing in the water!  
We were able to go on Eli's actual birthday which made it even more special.  A whole day to play with mom, dad, and baby sister!  What could be more fun then spending the day with your family?  It also meant that the museum wasn't that crowded.  :)

We arrived at the museum early in the day before lunch and left right  before they closed.  I had read before that it takes days to see everything in the museum but we were able to see all of the exhibits in one day.  Making our trip just a day trip made it a lot more affordable and we didn't have to sleep in a hotel.  Our kids never sleep well away from home so we try to avoid it if it is a reasonable option to just return home.

If you look closely you might notice that I am wearing a backpack.
It's actually Evangeline on my back but you can't see her.  
I think every one of us would agree that the huge slide in the middle of the museum was our favorite thing.  We went down it many times!  The museum was also decorated for Christmas and there were numerous winter themed activities.  Eli also said that he loved the snow ball fights that he was able to participate in.

What better way to spend your birthday?  
For lunch we enjoyed eating in the cafeteria at the museum.  The boys had pizza while I did not.  :)  Win, win for everyone!  The food was good but you could easily pack your lunch.  We did take along snacks and drinks in a small soft sided cooler.

Eli is such a delight to our family and so much fun!
Brandon and I consider turning five to almost be a right of passage birthday.  We decided to go all out and buy Elijah his first real bike.  We probably should have saved the gift for Christmas but we were just as excited to give Eli his gift as he was to receive it.  We hid it in our church's fellowship hall and had Eli go look for it.  When he walked in he said, "Hmm.  Someone left their bike here."  He had no idea that it was for him!  What a fun memory to make.  He has been riding it daily in our basement.

Eli's gift.
We are so thankful for our sweet Eli.  It is so hard to believe that he is really a whole hand!  He is really growing up fast and turning into such a big boy.

Monday, December 15, 2014

November Reads

November Reads
I don't know about you but one of the things that I enjoy most about the winter months is time spent reading by a nice roaring fire.  I read a lot more during the winter since I am not busy outside gardening, hiking, kayaking, or any of the other adventures that keep us so busy during the summer months.  Here are a few of the books that I read in November.  

Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, Linda Smith, and Teresa Pitman: When I first picked up this book I thought it would be more along the lines of Elizabeth Pantley's No Cry Sleep Solution.  It ended up being different but I really enjoyed it.  The book discusses different nightime and naptime strategies for a family that is breastfeeding.  This book was so refreshing and so delightful to read.  It really encouraged me to continue loving my baby in a gentle way throughout the night if she should wake while at the same time balancing the needs of myself and my family.  This book was a great reminder that every baby is different.  Our sweet Evangeline is so different from her other brother in terms of sleep.  It was clear throughout this book that the authors have done an excellent job researching the many issues associated with sleep for breastfeeding babies.  One thing that I really liked about this book were the quick tear off sheets that it includes in the back.

Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way by Mayim Bialik, PhD: In this book the author shares her parenting journey and the wisdom she has acquired along the way.  She shares about the importance of a secure attachment relationship that she has developed with her children.  I found myself so encouraged in many of the parenting decisions that my husband and I have made.  Like Bialik we absolutely love spending time with our children, breastfeed, cloth diaper, hold our babies, have our young babies sleep in our room, and generally let our kids be kids.  We work hard to balance the needs of our children with those of ourselves and our marriage.  This will look different in every family.  For us this means that we simply are not ready yet to leave our sweet Evangeline in the care of someone overnight (even a trusted grandparent) while we head off on a romantic get away.  Our baby simply is not ready and neither are we.  We are looking forward to dozens of romantic getaways once we feel like Evangeline would understand why we were leaving her and once we feel the time is right.  This book totally transformed my opinion of the author who is actually an actress who stars on The Big Bang Theory.  Bialik actually holds a phd in neuroscience and is one interesting mama.  The kind of lady that I would love to have over for lunch and a playdate.  I wouldn't say I agree with every single aspect of this book but I really did enjoy reading it overall.  She also had a great chapter for working moms.

Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success--Online and Off by Michelle Phan: I enjoyed skimming through this young author's autobiography throughout the book about how she became a successful woman in the makeup industry.  I found the book to be really basic and didn't really have the new ideas that I was hoping to find or step by step instructions on makeup application.  Surprisingly the book did include all sorts of advice on everything from etiquette to landing a job.  It would probably be more geared towards a high schooler who was preparing to go to college than a twentysomething year old mama of two who has read way too many etiquette books!  (Seriously I love good etiquette.)

The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka:  I had never heard of the blog Skinnytaste until I came across this cookbook.  When this cookbook I arrived I had high expectations.  I love to eat great food, love to cook, and am working hard to loose weight.  Honestly this cookbook was pretty disappointing.  I don't doubt that these recipes are low on calories but they all look very time consuming.  There were also a lot of ingredients that we do not purchase on a weekly shopping trip.  We purchase nicer cuts of meat and seafood for special dinners but I am not about to experiment on expensive ingredients making recipes that I am not sure that my happy husband would enjoy.  Overall this cookbook was very disappointing.  Please note that I did receive a free copy of this cookbook from Blogging For Books.

I would love to hear your book recommendations.  Please share in the comments below.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

The First Snow Day!

Best friends and filled with giggles.

Evangeline was SO enamored with the idea of snow. 

Elijah feeling pretty chilly at this point despite the double layers he is wearing.  Hopefully I find his snow pants soon! 

I had so much fun making memories with the kiddos.

This was Evangeline's first time on a sled!  

The view from our kitchen window was simply breathtaking.  

I still cannot believe how much it snowed last night and this morning.  We received around 4" of snow.  Honestly a big part of me doubted that it really would snow as much as was predicted.  I have zero memories of it ever snowing in November (though I am sure that it has once or twice in my lifetime)!  It truly was magical to wake up this morning and see the beauty of fresh fallen snow. It really did feel like Christmas morning and I had to resist the urge to break out our Christmas tree.  We did break out the Christmas music while I whipped up some Raspberry Pancakes for breakfast.  The rest of our day we tried to squeeze in extra stories and snuggles while we enjoyed watching the snow fall.  Elijah and I did go sledding down the front hill which was SO much fun!  I am so thankful for a boy with such an adventurous spirit.  He even enjoyed the snow flying in his face as we went zipping down the hill!  We came inside and enjoyed hot chocolate which is a tradition that I have passed down to my own family.  I am hoping that one day this winter Elijah and I can go sledding on the same hills where I use to sled ride at my parent's farm.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

October Reads

I read these books in October. 
I am so thankful that I was able to carve out some time to read this month.  Even in a busy season of life reading is so worth it.  As Lloyd Alexander says, "Keep reading.  It's one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have."  

October Reads:
Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christby Matt Papa:  This is my first experience with worship recording artist Matt Papa and I hope it will not be my last.  I am only about halfway through this book but oh my is it ever good.  Truly it is the glory of God that changes everything.  The answer to whatever is going on in our life is to look to the cross.  Do you desire to change?  Stop wrestling with that particular sin that you can't seem to conquer?  Papa writes, "When we look outside ourselves and see the kindness of God and what our sin did to Jesus, that begins to melt us.  That begins to change us."  This book has been so helpful especially as I am going through a difficult time in my own personal life.  It's one that you should read slowly as you allow Christ to work through the book to change you.  Please note that I did receive a review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin: This book includes three novellas which all revolve around the same family during World War II.  It is the story of both courage and romance.  I enjoyed every story in this book.  I am amazed at how the authors were able to weave all of the stories together.  The fact that the books happened during Christmas made them even better!  Please note that I did receive a copy of this book from Blogging For Books.

These are the Generations by Eric Foley: This was one of those good yet challenging books to read.  Challenging because it really opened my eyes to what it is currently like to be a Christian in North Korea.  So often as Christians we like to think that the persecution we read about in the New Testament doesn't really happen anymore.  The reality is that there are so many Christians around the world who are experiencing extreme persecution for following Christ.  This book was a great reminder of God's faithfulness and the fact that He desires for all nations to come to know Him.

Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn't Give Up by Larissa & Ian Murphy: Not only does this book show what true love can look like but it shows what God's love looks like.  This has to be one of the sweetest and most beautiful love stories I have ever read.  I don't want to give anything away but would urge you to read this book!  If you are a local friend our library even has it.  ;)

Cooking with Chia For Dummies by Debbie Rogers: Although I enjoyed flipping through this book from the library I don't think I will be adding it our personal library anytime soon.  Chia seeds are incredibly healthy and worth adding to your diet.  I currently add them to smoothies and also make a dairy free pudding out of them.  A lot of the recipes in this book do include gluten which I am trying to reduce in my diet so I didn't find it this book as helpful as I had hoped.

What books did you read last month?  Any recommendations for your favorite holiday children's books?  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

October at Our Home

A fun hand print craft I did with the kids.  (It's supposed to be a tree with leaves.)  This one was Eva's which didn't turn out super great but it was really fun!  Eli also made one but gave his away already.  
October at our home has really been a crazy full month.  Our month started off with the Wool Fest (an annual tradition in our family) where we enjoy a festival that celebrates all things wool.  Honestly it seems so normal until I try to explain it to someone that doesn't live around here!  I think the happy hubby and I have been every year since we have been together.  We love walking around, enjoying the good food, buying scented soaps, and we ALWAYS purchase a Christmas ornament.  It really wouldn't be October without the Wool Festival.  We were also able to squeeze in a quick trip to visit family which is always such a treat!  

Walking everywhere! 
The majority of the month our sweet Evangeline was ill.  She battled croup, two ear infections, and a 9 day throw up virus!  Eva also turned one but we have yet to really celebrate.  We sang to her on her birthday but she didn't even smile once! Needless to say this mama is thrilled to finally have a healthy girl again.  Eva also learned to walk and is on the go, go, go!      

Elijah has really enjoyed climbing the apple tree (which didn't produce apples this year).  
 I think this October has to be one of the warmest that I can remember.  It usually frosts around the 10th of the month but this year I don't think it frosted until the very end of the month.  There were even a few days when we wore t-shirts because it was so warm!  The warm weather meant lots of time to play outside.  One of my favorite things about our home is the huge backyard we have to play in.  We actually live on about 7 acres and live next door to our church which has a wonderful playground.  Eli and I have a new tradition which he has named "the crazy push" which is where I push him as hard as high as I possibly can.  I run underneath the swing and yell at the same time as he goes soaring into the air.  I'm sure it is quite a sight to behold but it has been a sweet memory to make with my boy!
So thankful for swings to swing on every single day!
The weather is finally turning cold and I hear that it is going to snow next week.  Time to bring out the warm stews and soups!  Oh and see if there is any other way that I could possibly use pumpkin in a recipe!  We are looking forward to things settling down for us as we prepare for a simple holiday season.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This Mama Studies Update

Evangeline helping me study anatomy. 
I have now reached the half way mark in my semester so I thought I would give an update on how my two classes are progressing.  I am taking a Nutrition class on line and Anatomy and Physiology I in person two nights a week.  One night is lecture night while the second night is just for the lab.  It's really the equivalent of taking three classes.  I spend about three hours a week studying for the Nutrition class and about ten hours studying for the Anatomy class.  On test weeks I try to squeeze in a few more hours but that doesn't always happen.

I have been a student as a mama before so in many ways studying and balancing my various roles is old hat.  In other ways it is completely new ball game.  I now have two children and a lot less free time.  :)  I have a lot more competing for my free time these days.  I also don't think that Eli was ever sick while I was a student.  Having a sick baby and trying to be a good student changes everything.  Still the happy hubby and I are really excited about this new path that God is leading me down.

I did skip a week of school to visit family and I doubt I will do something like that again in the future.  I really enjoyed getting away and spending time with family but it was a little stressful trying to finish assignments and such.  I survived but it was a lot more difficult catching up on five missed hours of lab and lecture than I thought.   (It's very difficult to make up lab time because I don't have a slide and microscopes at home.)  We ended up having to stop at a McDonald's around 11pm one evening just so that I could submit an assignment that was due while we were traveling!  The happy hubby has been my biggest cheerleader the entire time.  I am so thankful for him.

I will say that I am enjoying both of my classes and I have really learned a lot this semester.  My anatomy class is SO interesting!  I continue to be amazed at the wonder of God's creation when he made us.

I am anxious to start the lactation part of my training for the ibclc exam.  Hopefully God will show us soon what that should look like for next year.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Frugal Things I Did The Last Two Weeks

The cheery pumpkins I made at my mother-in-law's house.  
The last two weeks have been challenging as Evangeline has been ill.  First she had croup, then she caught a horrible stomach virus which lasted 9 days, and the poor girl also had her first ear infection!  She was sick for over two weeks and took two trips to Children's and 3 visits to the pediatrician (and I'm not a mom that takes her kids to the pediatrician unless they are really sick).  We are so thankful that she is feeling better!  Here are a few things we did the last two weeks to save money and enjoy the simple life:

I was so thankful that we were able to eat a few freezer meals that I had made last month.  We did end up eating out a lot more than we usually do but I am thankful that our budget didn't take a bigger hit than it easily could have.  I usually have a few freezer meals or at least some soup in the freezer at all times.  I would love to try to have more muffins, breakfast meals, and desserts stocked away.  Any suggestions?  

We took a last minute trip to visit family.  It was so nice to see family that live far away.  I made the pumpkins pictured above while I was there.  I gifted the far right pumpkin to my parents when we returned.  (They are always so gracious to take care of everything at our home while we are away.)  I have been thinking about adding the phrase "Happy Fall Y'all" to one of the pumpkins but I also like them plain.  We shall see! 

I enjoyed reading some borrowed magazines and books from the library.  

We picked a big bag of peppers from our garden.  Thankfully this year our peppers were very prolific.  We ate lots of peppers in main dishes and raw as a snack.  I also chopped up a lot of peppers into strips and froze them in the freezer.  Around here peppers are expensive especially the colored ones which I love.  I think they cost about $1.80 at Meijer (not even organic) but they occasionally go on sale for $1 but that is still expensive.  Growing our own peppers has saved us lots of money this year.  I try to eat a couple of peppers each week as a snack since they are so healthy.  We also enjoy them in stir fries, chili, and various main dishes.  I definitely plan on growing just as many peppers next year if not more!

Evangeline on her birthday still not feeling very well while she enjoyed the new sling that I made. 
I made a sling for Evangeline for her birthday.  I used materials I had on hand and the pattern had been purchased for $1 last year.

We took a family trip to the zoo where we have a zoo pass.  It is always so much fun!  This time we took my sister Rebekah along with us.  We also packed a nice picnic lunch which we ate before we walked around.  Our zoo has such a nice picnic area that it really is a shame not to use it!

The happy hubby and I went on a much needed date.  :)  It was lovely and such a treat after 2 weeks of a sick baby.  We ate a wonderful dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse using a gift card we had been given.  Then we actually went swimming together which was so fun!  I think it had been over a year since we had been swimming without kids.

Eli loves playing outside!
We have spent a lot of time outside playing despite the fact that Evangeline has not felt well.  Elijah has really enjoyed finding all sorts of treasures and collecting leaves as they change colors.  The trees are absolutely gorgeous at our home.  Hopefully I will have some free time to photograph them before they all fall off!

I purchased a few books and games for Elijah at a garage sale.  I gave him one of the items (A Color Wonder Black) to occupy the time on our trip.  The rest of the items I have saved in a box downstairs for Christmas or his birthday.

I sat down and started making preparations for Christmas in the form of lists.  I follow a loose version of the Holiday Grand Plan at Organized Christmas.  Hopefully this week I will be able to start sewing!

What frugal things did you do last week?  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sew A New Native Sling: McCall's 5678 Review

I made Evangeline a sling for her birthday! 
I have been wanting a baby sling for Evangeline for the last 6 months.  We have a number of baby carriers but I really wanted to have a baby sling that I could put on in just a few seconds for short episodes of baby wearing.  Originally I hoped to purchase a Maya Wrap Ring Sling but the money I had saved for that was needed to buy gas for a trip we just took.  Then I decided to try to make a Maya.  The company is so nice that they even put the instructions for how to sew one on their website!  When it came time to sew the Maya Wrap I could not find my special ring slings that a friend had given me years ago.

Then I remembered the McCalls pattern I had purchased last year that included a Mei Tai and a sling pouch.  Ta da!  The sling looks very similar to a New Native Sling Pouch.  The happy hubby was watching the kiddos so this was the perfect time to get started on a new project just in time for Evangeline's first birthday!  I am really pleased with how it turned out!

Back view without baby.
 I made View A in a size large.  I measured myself from shoulder to hip and this appeared to be the perfect size.  In hindsight I think the sling is a little snug.  The next time that I sew this pattern I would probably add about 2".
Backview with baby.
 I used a fun cotton print for the exterior that I had in my stash that is heavier than your average woven cotton print.  I did line the sling as the pattern suggested with a fun polka dot fabric that actually came from a sheet.  One thing that I didn't realize until I was sewing this project is the fact that the sling is actually reversible!  Pretty neat!  It would be really cute to make one side a boy print and one side a girly print if you were giving it as a gift.

 I almost skipped the exterior pocket to save time but I am glad that I didn't.  It is really handy to throw my phone or keys inside.  I did not add the pocket to the inside because I didn't want anything to rub against the baby and I didn't want to add any unnecessary work.  :)

The Velcro placement for the pocket appears to be a misprint.  I don't think the Velcro should be placed against the fold line.  I moved mine down an inch or two.  (I also used PINK Velcro for this project.)  I also added top stitching after step 15 which really makes the project look nice.

Overall I am pleased with how the sling turned out besides the fact that it is just a little bit snug.  (I would never be able to breastfeed while wearing this which I can successfully do with a young baby in the Baby K'Tan.)  :)  I do think that this would make a nice gift but it might be difficult to make the right size without taking measurements.

Since this sling isn't bulky at all I can roll it up tightly and place it in my diaper bag which is a huge bonus!  You never know when your baby might need to be carried when you least expect it!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

September Reads

I realize that I mentioned last month that I was certain that I would still find time to read at least a few books each month.  Perhaps I was feeling crazy because I really don't have time to read right now.  On the flip side I am someone who just has to read.  When I haven't read a book in a while I find myself just yearning to read!  This month I will be tweaking my routine because I really want to squeeze in a little more reading despite my busy schedule.   Here are the books that I read this past month:

One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and MoreFrom the Kitchens of Martha Stewart: As crazy as this sounds I really enjoy reading cookbooks.  I don't just read them because I usually make at least a handful of the recipes that I find.  What is so neat about this cookbook is that every meal can be prepared in just one pot as the title suggests.  Easy cleanup and easy cooking which is perfect for this busy season of life.  I have about 10 recipes bookmarked to cook in the next few weeks.  I also made one of the chicken recipes that included parsnips last week which was a huge hit at our house.  I made the entire meal in my Lodge Cast-Iron Dutch Oven.  The only part of the cookbook that I didn't like was the slow cooker portion.  I don't plan on making any of the Crock-Pot recipes and really feel like they should have omitted the slow cooker portion of the cookbook.  Please note that I did receive a copy of this book from Blogging for Books.

I am also still enjoying my ESV Women's Devotional Bible and have been reading in Psalms.

What books did you read in September?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Evangeline Grace: 11.5 Months Update

Eva wearing her Mamaw's dress that I also wore!  
 It's hard to believe that Evangeline will soon be one year old!  As the weather begins to change I find myself remembering back to this time last year: the wonderful Babymoon we took to Columbus two weeks before she was born, the many walks we went on as a family, a good friend's wedding, the Woolfest, the final days of gardening, and the last week or two leading up to her birth.

Eva is waving hello in this picture.
Eva continues to be quite the little jabber jaws.  :)  She says mama, daddy, uh-oh, and hi.  Evangeline has also been trying to say Bekah and Brother which comes out kind of like Bubba.  I am often asked if Eva is as happy as she appears to be.  She has her moments but most of the time she is just an absolutely delight and a bundle of joy.  I love her giggles and how her face scrunches up when she gets excited.  

Eva has started WALKING!  She took her first step about a week ago while holding her beloved doll named Baby.  Today she took a bunch of steps while at church and later at a friend's birthday party.  Such a fun memory to cherish!  Evangeline also has four teeth and is currently cutting 2 more.  

With each passing day Eva enjoys reading more and more. 
Eva's funny little quirk is that she still hates eating!  I keep introducing various foods to her and she has NO desire at all.  I am thankful that she is still nursing well.  Our nursing relationship has changed as she has gotten older which has been so fun.  She laughs, she giggles, and sometimes she just will not get down to business.  It is at those times that I just have to sit back and laugh while I enjoy a hearty laugh with my baby.  I am so thankful knowing that this beautiful season of nursing will soon pass.   Eva has finally decided that she will take a bottle in the past month or so which has been nice. She is also efficient enough at using a sippy cup that her taking a bottle really isn't necessary at this point.  (I am away from her for two evenings a week while I attend classes so I am really glad that she will finally take a bottle.)  Evangeline has impacted our lives in ways that I never dreamed and I am so thankful that God has blessed us with her.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Frugal Things I Did The Last Two Weeks

The beautiful wedding decorations which we enjoyed.  This picture does not do them justice.

We are adjusting well to life with myself in school and looking forward to fall.  Here are a few of the things we did the last two weeks to save money and enjoy life to the fullest!  

 My husband had a great surprise for us Friday night.  The kids and I bundled up after dark and headed next door to our church's prayer garden with blankets.  When we got there the happy hubby had plugged in the lights that had been strung in the trees for an upcoming wedding reception (he had permission).  We laughed, giggled, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  We also had a time of family worship.  Such a fun memory!  Just a great example that you don't have to spend money in order to have a great time.  

Produce we picked from the garden last week included: lemon cucumbers, 1 golden zucchini, three tomatoes (including a Green Zebra variety), okra, and 7 peppers.  

Our garden has turned into a huge weedy jungle but it is still producing!  (I refuse to weed any longer since the frost will be here in just a few weeks.)  We picked a bunch of items from our garden including our last yellow zucchini and tons of peppers.

I made homemade red pepper humus which we have been enjoying as a sandwich condiment and with lots of peppers!  I love peppers and they are a great way to increase my veggie intake.

My first attempt at Stuffed Peppers.

I used peppers from the garden and leftovers from a skillet casserole I made to bake Stuffed Peppers.  This was the first time I have made them and they were pretty good.  Eli and I loved them but I think Brandon was too scared to try them!  I have raised peppers in the past but this was the first year that I ate any orange or yellow peppers.

My niece's birthday present.

Last week my niece Zuzu turned three.  I sewed her (and her sister) a set of baby doll diapers and baby bibs.  I remember when my mom bought me diapers for my baby doll.  They were just the coolest thing ever!  I also picked up a Touch and Feel animal book which I also mailed.  We have this book and both of my kids absolutely love it!  Elijah made them both a birthday card.  

We enjoyed a trip to the zoo with new friends!  Having a zoo passed saved us lots of money.  I also packed us lunch.  

Our Goodwill Haul
 We made a run to Aldi (finally)!  We spent over $100!  It is so nice to have our pantry stocked for a while.  I decided to be brave and we stopped by Goodwill before we went to the grocery.  I purchased a nice (like new) basket.  I didn't have any purpose in mind when I purchased the basket but I always find them useful for organizing.  I purchased two games for Elijah.  I will probably save one of the games for his birthday and the other for a rainy day.  The gray shirt is actually a Lane Bryant shirt that I found for myself.  It fits great!  My favorite purchase was the light pink Gymboree sweater dress.  It is simply adorable and I am almost excited for the weather to turn cold just so Eva can wear it.  I also picked up the fun bubble skirt for Evangeline to wear around Christmas.  I love skirts which don't also have bloomers because I find that they don't fit Eva well since we cloth diaper.  I think I spent about $12 on everything pictured.

Vitacost Haul
I also received my order from Vitacost and used a $15 off coupon that I received in the mail.  I order from Vitacost about every other month and we have a specific section of our budget that is set aside for such purchases.  We purchase a number of supplements from them and I also purchase some hard to find grocery and health items.  Their prices are wonderful compared to other retailers and I love the fact that I can order everything from the comfort of my home!  Recently I just decided to try dry brushing so I purchased a brush for about $5.  This seems like a very economical way to increase circulation, exfoliate, and rid your body of toxins.  I will keep you updated!  If you are interested in ordering from vitacost you can save $10 on your first order by using this link.

I have also been thinking about the possibility of starting a youtube channel where I share all of the randomness that is my life.  I have lots of ideas for videos but I don't know anything editing, filming, etc.  Any advice?  Opinions?  Thoughts?  Would you watch my videos if I made them?  What types of videos would you like to see?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!