Hello Projects

I’m starting on my first of the 10 Projects today and I’m feeling super excited and ready to get things done. It’s a project for Hudson’s room and it’s been on my list for a while now.

I’ll give you a little hint:

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I came up with the idea after finishing this ampersand art. I hope my vision pans out!

I’m also working on (or I should say still working on) Project Life catch up. Boy, once you get behind in the project it’s hard to catch up. Well, I shouldn’t say that in a general way, because it’s not hard to catch up at all if you use just the kit, but I like to add lots of embellishments to my pages, so it takes me longer. Plus, I have lots of distractions with two little kiddos running around and getting into all my supplies! Hopefully I’ll be able to post some of my pages next week.

I also plan to share my garden journal some time late next week, as well as the first of my 10 Projects. Wow! I have a lot to get done. Must. Get. To. Work.

Bye for now!

 

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Five Things

As I mentioned on Monday, I’m ready to flip the calendar over to September and get this autumn started, so in the spirit of the new season rapidly approaching, I want to share five things I l love about fall.

1. The food! I love summer grilling, but I adore the comfort food of fall. I love using my crock pot and the simplicity of it. I also love to cozy up on the couch to watch football with a warm bowl of chili and a glass of red wine. Perfection.

2. Pumpkin candles and  just lighting candles in general. I find candlelight to be so much more romantic and cozy in the fall and winter. But that pumpkin scent is my all-time favorite. It warms my soul. Too cheesy?

3. The colors. We have a lot of colors here in Nebraska and there’s something about all that color that is so inspiring. I usually have a ton of projects that I get excited about tackling, and this year is no exception!

4. The new season of shows start back. I have a few favorites that I can’t wait to watch this fall. The shows at the top of my list are Parenthood, The Walking Dead and Modern Family. Oh man I’m I excited for The Walking Dead! Hurry up October!

5. The holidays. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. It’s just too much fun! Costumes and free candy. Enough said. And who doesn’t love a holiday that involves celebrating what we’re thankful for while eating a gorgeous homemade meal?!

Is anyone else ready for fall’s arrival? Are you obsessed with pumpkin candles too or is that just me?!

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Oh, and I love pumpkins. All varieties. If I could be a pumpkin farmer I would.

See you tomorrow!

Ready For Fall

As I prepare to attend the first Nebraska football game of this season (and my first game in four years!!!) this coming weekend, I’m reminded of a couple of weeks ago, and how it seemed as though summer was long gone as the cool temps set in and teased us with the possibility of an early autumn. However, this past weekend, summer reappeared in full force, and I have to admit that I’m not really loving it. I was semi complaining about the temps being too cool too soon and dreading the thought of an early winter so I wished for a “few” more days of lots of sun and temps in the 90’s. Well, I’m getting my wish with our forecast predicting temps in the 100’s for most of the week. Ugh. What have I done?!

I take it all back! I want the cooler temps in the upper 70’s and low 80’s again. With Hudson starting preschool next week (Yikes!), I’m ready for the beginning of a new season, a fresh start if you will. I’ll even admit that after I gave our house a nice good cleaning on Friday, I decided I couldn’t hold out any longer, and lit my pumpkin spice candle. It smelled amazing.

I adore fall. There’s something about it that is just magic. I love the crisp mornings and cool evenings. I love the colors. I love football; college football that is. I love all things pumpkin flavored and scented. I love sweaters and blankets and the return of comfort food, especially chili. I love pumpkins resting on front porches and the smell of fires burning. I get excited just thinking about it!

I thought I wasn’t ready for summer to come to a close, but I changed my mind. I’m completely ready to shut the book on summer (and these ridiculously hot & humid temps) this year and move on to the magic that is fall.

I found this quote on Pinterest this weekend and couldn’t agree more.

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”      F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I’m awaiting a delivery of a bunch of photos today and plan to spend my afternoon in the air conditioning working on my Project Life and playing with the kids.

Happy Monday!

Happening Now

Listening to John Mayer’s new album, Paradise Valley, and loving it.

Looking forward to the start of Nebraska football and attending the first game with one of my BFFs, Rachael. Go Big Red!

Reading Born To Run by Christopher McDougall

Watching So You Think You Can Dance. Damn that show is good. I mean, come on.

Planning a fall crafting night party for all my girls. This is something I’ve been wanting to do forever.

Hoping to see an old friend when she is here for a visit next week. Love reconnecting with good friends and reliving all those great memories. It’s magic.

Feeling a sense of peace lately that I haven’t felt in a very long time.

Needing to do some chores around the house, but finding myself totally uninterested.

Planning lots and lots of projects, big and small, that I would love to accomplish before Winter rolls around.

Craving donuts with maple frosting.

Trying to hold out until September 1st before I light my pumpkin candles. It’s so hard!

Getting excited for Hudson’s first soccer game of the season. Little kids playing sports is so cute.

Putting together a garden journal. Finally.

Celebrating that it’s the weekend!

Cheers!! I hope you have a great one!

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My Garden This Week

Last Friday I shared an Instagram photo of my first tomato that popped out last week. I was so excited, but became even more excited when I discovered that there were six more babies growing! Even though I didn’t really do much work in order to grow these tomatoes, I still feel a sense of accomplishment with every new baby I see growing. I think I’ve truly discovered the magic of gardening and why so many people love it so much.

Here are a few photos of my garden this week.

My basil is really starting to fill in after my big harvest a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully I’ll be able to get at least one more big harvest, maybe two.photo (7)

 

I found this adorable little gnome at a store up in Sioux Falls last weekend. He was on clearance for $3.40. I’d been looking for a small one like this, but didn’t have any luck until now. Isn’t he cute?! It’s the little things.photo (8)

 

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It’s been crazy windy here the past three days and it knocked over my tomato plant and damaged one of them. I’m so sad. Poor tomato.photo (9)

 

The tomatoes are growing rapidly and I seem to find new ones everyday. It amazes me how fast they grow! I’m still continuing to water with my hard boiled egg water, which is easy for me because I eat them every morning. I think I might add some new soil to my pots this weekend. I’d like to keep my little garden thriving for as long as possible.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

I Am a Runner Or Am I?

Well, I’m not sure if I am an actual runner or if I’m a wannabe runner. I’ve been running off and on for the past 9 years. I love it.

I love the way I feel while I’m running and I especially love the way I feel after. I totally get that runner’s high. No other exercise makes me feel the way running does. I’ve run a few 5ks and plan to run another in a couple of weeks and my dream is to someday run a marathon. It’s one of the things on my life list.

My only problem is that I don’t get to do it enough. That’s why I’m not sure if I’m just a wannabe runner. It’s hard for me to take the time for myself when it seems there are a million and one other things I could be doing. And even though my runs usually only last 30-45 minutes, I am constantly putting it off to do laundry, clean the house, work on projects, blog and etc.

I feel that in order to call myself a true runner and to be the kind of runner I’ve always wanted to be, I need to make a commitment to run at least three times a week and stop putting it off for other activities that can obviously been done after I run. I need to get back to running the way I did when I first started; before I had kids. That’s when I could run off the stress of the day and run as long as I wanted to run.

I think it’s important for me to pick a time of day to do my running and stick with that time as much as possible so that I can form a good solid routine. Right now, I run whenever Harper is napping, but I have run when she was awake a couple of times and she understood to stay back from the treadmill, so I don’t think that is an issue any longer. I will say though that it is much harder to focus on my run when I have two little kids running around me and sometimes even fighting causing me to pause my run to attend to them. It get very frustrating.

My dream is to create a routine where I wake up early and get my run in before they wake up. My problem is that both of my kids are early risers. Ugh. I would have to get up very, very early. But if I want to run in peace with just my thoughts and no distractions, then getting up early is the key.

I’ve read a few articles about how to shift your wake up time and I’m finding them extremely helpful.

Here one of the articles I’ve read about waking early and I thought you might enjoy it. It’s from Zen Habits. I receive their emails and love them.

The Most Successful Techniques for Rising Early

I’m even thinking about taking this microcourse called:

Create a Meaningful Morning Routine from Courtney Carve at Be More With Less

I’ve been wanting to take this class since I read about it last Spring, but I think before the mornings start to get dark as we move into Fall, I need to get in gear and register.

So, my plan to sign up for the microcourse today and to reread the Zen Habits article. I’m also going to read the book Born To Run by Christopher McDougall. I’ve heard so many things about it in terms of it being a major running motivator. Then my plan is to follow through and begin to rise earlier and once I’ve formed that habit, I’ll start my running.

By Christmas I will be able to, without any doubt, call myself a runner again, and that gets me excited!

I’ll keep you posted on my progress and I may even start a regular Instagram post to document my progress and keep me accountable.

Wish me luck, because although I am a morning person, I’m not a get up while it’s still dark for fun morning person. Do you hear what I’m saying?!

Is it Friday yet?! Why is this week going by so slowly for me?

See you tomorrow!

10 Projects

Now that September and the start of Fall are just around the corner, I’m in full season and holiday project mode. I have about a million project ideas pinned on Pinterest that I would like make and I can’t wait to get started. However, it seems that every year I have a ton of plans and I never seem to follow through with many of them, if any at all, so this year I figured the best way to get my creativity in gear would be to set a goal.

My challenge beginning on September 1st, is to create ten craft or diy projects before Christmas.

Why ten projects you ask? Well, I think ten is an amount I can accomplish without feeling overwhelmed. I didn’t want to pick a number that felt impossible to finish (goodness knows I have enough ideas swirling around in my head to keep me crafting until I’m 60, but I wanted to be realistic). Five projects felt like too few and fifteen projects felt like too many, but if I make more than ten, great.

Not all the projects will be season or holiday themed either. I have a few easy home decor projects that I’d like to make too.

I’m so excited to start my little challenge. I love to set goals for myself to keep me on track. Everyone already knows I love a good list and being able to see my progress by crossing things off of it.

The fun is about to begin and I need to get going on some prep work!

Here is just one project that I’m thinking about.

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Happy Monday!

I Did It!!

The other day I walked out to check on my tomato plant and saw this! Hooray!

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I finally have some teeny tiny tomatoes growing! I am so excited. My husband said he would’ve thought we won the lottery by my reaction. Ha! I felt like I did!

I think they started to grow because I watered them with the water leftover from boiling my eggs in the morning. I read somewhere that the egg water full of calcium which is great for your garden, so I let it cool and gave it a try. I think I did it twice and a week later I had a tomato. Or, maybe they just finally decided to grow. I don’t know. I do know, however, that I plan to keep watering them with the egg water.

I am one happy newbie gardener!

Have a great weekend!

Recipe Book: Basil Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken

I mentioned yesterday that we made pesto with basil from my little container garden. It was fantastic! So fresh and full of flavor. I’m so, so happy that I decided to grow basil. Have I mentioned that before? Ha!

It was so good that I thought I would share the recipe I used to make the pesto. There are about a million pesto recipes, but I found this one on Pinterest. You can find the original post here at http://www.mybakingaddiction.com.

Fresh Basil Pesto

YIELD: about 1 ½ cups

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups packed fresh basil
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted until golden and cooled
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

In a food processor or blender, combine basil and about 2 tablespoons of the extra virgin olive oil, blend into a paste. Add pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Notes: I didn’t have pine nuts, so I used toasted almonds instead and it was delicious. The recipe made enough for us to freeze half of it for later. Score! You can totally eat the pasta with just the pesto and it’s awesome, but we wanted to add some grilled chicken. Loved it!

I can’t wait for the basil to replenish so I can do another big harvest. I’m hoping to be able to freeze at least three servings of pesto to have this winter.

Enjoy!

 

Instagram Obsession

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted my Instagrams. I was using Dropbox to transfer photos from my phone and realized that it wasn’t transferring my Instagrams. Dang it. It’s possible I may have deleted some of them from my phone before realizing it too. I hate when things like that happen. The good news is that I usually take the photos with my phone camera and then upload them to Instagram, so I at least still have the originals. Phew.

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This month we tried Cronuts for the first time. It’s a cross between a doughnut and a crousant. It was pretty amazing, but kind of expensive. It will probably have to be one of those things we get once in a while.

We also celebrated our anniversary, made pesto pasta with our own basil and had a tea party with the kids.

Summer, you are awesome.