Saturday, October 29, 2011

{ Another Update! }

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If you look closely at our family pumpkins you'll see why I haven't been blogging lately, why I've been "down and out." I'm ten weeks pregnant with number three and this baby has been kicking my booty with sickness and exhaustion. I'm looking forward to feeling better soon and getting some Christmas projects going and getting back to blogging. 

Thanks for checking in!

Monday, October 17, 2011

{ Down and Out, but Not Gone }

Hi everyone! I've been down and out sick and just trying to keep my household functioning on the most basic of levels the last week or two. I'm starting to feel a little better, so I'm hoping to be back up and blogging soon. Thanks for sticking around and checking in. I hope that you're having a beautiful fall.

Friday, October 7, 2011

{ Baby Shower Gift - Boy }

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I'm working on a little shower for a friend of mine, so I have baby shower on the mind and I thought that I'd share one of my complete baby shower gifts since so often I show you little parts that I make. So here we go! The anatomy of a baby shower gift - let's unpack 'im:

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

{ Pacifier Weaning }

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Well, the time has come for Miss Tabi to say goodbye to her pacifier. At 19 months old she's developed quite the attachment to her "bai" as she calls it. And as I know it, there are two ways to go about weaning her from her pacifier - cold turkey and cutting the tip. Going cold turkey theoretically is like ripping the band aide off it will hurt at first, but it will be over quicker - no need to draw out the process. Cutting the tip is more of a drawn out process that hopefully will lead to your kiddo giving up the paci on her own.

Monday, October 3, 2011

{ Embellished Onsie }

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Well, I said I could knock it off and I did. Here it is, one of my most re-pinned pins from Pinterest:


I saw this onsie and headband set one day on Zulilly and immediately knew that I could knock it off for less and that it would make a great semi-handmade baby gift. So if you want to see how I went about "knocking off" this onsie read on!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

{ My Favorite Tacos }

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I call these "special occasion" tacos because we make them for friends and special evenings. These are not a typical evening dinner for us because they are a little intensive to make, but so worth the effort. I first had these tacos at friend's house for a large get together, our hostess said that her friend had fallen in love with taco truck tacos and that he had then set out on a mission to recreate them. His taco truck inspired tacos are the recipe I'm going to share with you today. Now poor yourself a margarita or pop a lime in your Corona and let's get cooking!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

{ Baby 'Fashion Bibs' }

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Now I call these "fashion bibs" or "a fashion statement" because they are for spit not food and will be worn like clothing; and if like my kiddos your little one never drools or spits up, it's really just for fashion that they'll ever wear one of these bibs. But whether a baby ever drools or not, bibs are a fun gift to give and quite simple to make.

Monday, September 26, 2011

{ Cooking Spray Call Out }

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That's right, I'm calling out cooking spray because I find their labelling to be a little misleading and I have an inexpensive, possibly money saving, healthy alternative to share with you today.

Friday, September 23, 2011

{Variation on a Theme - Chloe's Black Apple Doll}

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On Monday my sweet little niece Chloe turned two and being the belated auntie that I am, I just got her present made this week. I had planned to do it last weekend but that turned out to be impossible because I chose to value people over tasks (Love you Bryn & Kyle!). In any case, happy belated birthday Chloe! It's the birthday that keeps giving. Besides, this way my gift won't get lost in all of the others, right?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

{ Your Weekly Peek + Soup }

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Week 16, only 6 more weeks and I'll be back to grocery store produce; boo. But until then, I'll continue to share what I'm getting. We didn't get anything new this week, so I thought that I'd share some pics of the produce with you and another great way to use a ton of vegetables - soup.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

{ Power Up! }

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You've probably heard me talk about my choosy eater before. But even when we give her food that we know she likes, she won't always eat it and who pays later when she doesn't eat dinner? Me. Yeah, she's hungry and uncomfortable but I'm the one left feeling horrible that my daughter is hungry and that I need to tow the line because this is a habit of hers. Further,  not only is she hungry but she won't fall asleep hungry so she's up crying way too late because I respected her decision not to eat. Again, who's paying? Me. Because all of us parents know what being up late means for the next day. And sometimes, even if she does fall asleep without food she'll be up in the middle of the night or super early the next morning to eat and a horrible cycle begins. 

We've been strong, it just doesn't work with her. She never changes, even after a week of hard core towing the line about no food after dinner, she decides she's not going to eat and that's it. Everyone around her pays. So we have a little strategy to get her to eat her dinner. If your kid eats fine, I don't recommend starting this. But if you're at your whits end to get your kid to eat, maybe what works for us will work for you.

Monday, September 19, 2011

{ Fabric Ribbon - How to Make Your Own }

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Here it is! Monday again and we're all back to it. I hope that you had a great weekend. I had a fun weekend myself, I didn't get much done but it was fun. I did make it out to the Anacortes Farmer's Market where I got this great idea for fabric ribbon. I wish that I had thought to get the lady who runs the stand's card because she doesn't have any labels on her items and I would love to give her credit for this great idea. So here's to you farmer's market lady; this is your idea but I'm going to share it. Thanks!

Friday, September 16, 2011

{ A Weekend Away }

Well I'm here at my dad's in Anacortes. I've traded in two girls and husband for two shi tsus and a view this weekend.

I'm going to keep this post quick since I've got lots of things I want to get to, but I thought that I'd share my weekend to do list with you.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

{ Decoupaged Journals }

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I don't know about you, but I like to write in something pretty. It makes me unexplainably happy and excited to journal. Go figure. In any case, I'm cheap - or some might say thrifty. But no matter which word you use, all of the journals I really like cost more than I'm willing to spend and the journals I'm willing to pay for leave a little something to be desired in the looks department. So when I journal in one of these, I try to remind myself that it's just a place to write and that when my grandchildren read them after I'm departed they won't judge me by the appearance of my journals. Did I say that out loud? Come on, you know you half think about someone else reading your journal some time in the future. But back to my point. Life is short, so why not have a journal you love and not break the bank at the same time? In comes decoupage (Mod Podge for you name branders out there) and scrapbook paper to make this thrifty lady happy.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

{ The Big First Day! }

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Original image from E-How

Well we did it! All three of us got fed, dressed and out the door by 8:30 am... a little later than my ideal but still a success. The big girl made it to her first day of preschool on time. Here's how she looked on her way out:

Monday, September 12, 2011

{ Beatin' the Heat }

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Happy Monday! (Is that an oxymoron? I mean Happy and Monday in the same sentence?) How was your weekend? We had a great time beating the heat here in Oly. For those of you not from around here, once the mercury reaches 60 degrees you will see people wearing shorts and sandals and yes, even men going topless. So when we had a whole week of over 80 degree weather, for probably the first time this summer, it was definitely time to get out and "beat the heat."

Friday, September 9, 2011

{ Crafting With Your Kiddo: Foam Stamping }

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As I told you yesterday, Thursday was P's preschool orientation. And at the orientation every kid was given the bag that they are supposed to bring to and from school for the year. There were several colors, lucky P had a purple one on her chair.

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Now thhe fun part about these bags is that we get to decorate them. P already loved her bag because it was her special preschool bag, but now she gets to decorate it too and that will make it even more special. So we took a Momma and P brainstorming trip to Jo-Ann's to figure out what we could do to decorate her bag without using any heat - heat will melt the bag. After roaming the store for ideas, I decided that foam stamping with fabric paint would be the perfect way to get P involved in the decorating process; but Jo-Ann's didn't have any foam stamps, so I had to get crafty.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

{ Doily Love - A Work in Progress }

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Today was a big day for us, P had her preschool orientation. Needless to say, we've been busy and having fun but I wanted to drop in and share a little bit of a "work in progress". So here we go!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

{ A Blueberry Day }

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Wow! There is nothing more gorgeous than a warm sunny day in the Pacific Northwest. And what amazes me most is how today's beauty is the same as yesterday's with only one key difference: the kids went back to school today. With one click of the calendar, fall has unofficially arrived and it's in the air even if summer, who showed up late this year, didn't get the memo. It's with this unofficial passing of summer to fall that I want to share with you one last summer family adventure: blueberry picking.

Friday, September 2, 2011

{ Krinkle Toys }

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Today I want to share a super simple baby toy I made last week. With babies galore being born all around me, I need simple gifts that have the thoughtful touch of being handmade. These Krinkle Toys fit that bill. So come along as I show you how I made them, who knows? Maybe you'll make some too.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

{ All Things Blackberry... }

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Blackberry season is upon us! Here in the northwest blackberries abound in overgrown yards, on paths, roadsides... they're really easy to find and even more important, free. Well, I take that back; some sweat and a little blood may be required to pick them but they won't cost you any money. We have blackberry bushes just down the road growing on the path Kyle runs on and the dead end street that leads up to it. Kyle and the girls had been checking to see if the berries were ripe for weeks at the end of their runs; finally, about a week or two ago Phoebe proudly announced to me that the blackberries were ready to eat after a run with dad. So we had to get out and get picking.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

{ Your Weekly Peek + How to Freeze Herbs }

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Here we are, week 13 of CSA season and now two things abound in my fridge: Italian flat leaf parsley (pictured above) and zucchini. But who's complaining? Not me. Today I'll share my week 13 box and how I'm going to freeze my three bunches of flat leaf parsley.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

{ Chocolate Chip Cookies }

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We all have our own chocolate chip cookie recipes and today I'm going to share mine, a variation on the recipe my mother has always made. Now, if you have 24 hours or more to spare before eating your cookies I highly recommend the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, they are to die for. But typically if I'm making cookies, it's because I need a sweet fix and I need it now - not in 24 hours.

Friday, August 26, 2011

{ Sand in the City }

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If you're looking for some inexpensive family fun this weekend head down to Sand in the City, a local fundraiser for the Hands On Children's Museum here in Olympia. Sand in the City brings the beach downtown. Today teams of sand sculptors are creating sand sculptures for a great cause and tomorrow and Sunday you can vote on your favorite sculpture for a good cause; votes are taken in the form of $1 bills should you choose to vote. Tomorrow, you can also watch master sand sculptors do their work.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

{ Play Purse & Puppy - A Semi-homemade Gift }

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I had the pleasure of making a 2nd birthday gift for my dear friend's little girl a couple of weeks ago. I knew that I wanted to make something, but I wasn't sure what. I searched through my pinned ideas for kid gifts, but nothing I had pinned was quite right. So then I turned to what my daughters love, and what they love the most are bags, purses, babies and stuffed animals. One of Phoebe's favorites is Frenchy and the purse she came in:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

{ Your Weekly Peek + How to Freeze Green Beans }

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Week 12 of CSA Season and all I have to say is holy beets, carrots and zucchinis Batman. Wow! I don't remember getting so many of these particular vegetables last year. I have to make a plan on how to eat them all since they keep coming, and coming. I really don't mean to complain, they are beautiful and delicious I 'm just not quite sure how to eat them all before they go bad.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

{ All Things Fabric }

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People keep having babies and those babies keep growing up and having birthdays, so I keep needing to make gifts. To make gifts I need fabric... fun fabric. I know, I have plenty of dad's old work shirts to refashion into to lots of things but sometimes a girl just needs to splurge and get some fun fabric and with all of the new little babies being born at church I have the perfect excuse.

Monday, August 22, 2011

{ Daddy Bread }

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We had a great weekend camping, unfortunately I forgot my camera. I always seem to forget my camera when we go camping, I forgot it on Phoebe's first camping trip too. Oh well, what can you do? So instead of sharing our fun weekend with you, I'll share the yummy Daddy Bread (that's what we call our homemade whole wheat bread because daddy normally makes it) we made this morning. So here we go, daddy's recipe and all!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

{ Printables }


Printables. What is more simple than using something that's already made, just push print and you have a useful and aesthetically pleasing product. Here are some of the printables I've found online:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

{ Simple and Time Saving Gift Ideas }


(The rules of K.I.S. Week: every post will be as simple as I can make it about simple solutions to everyday life situations. I will have minimal pictures in the posts as well to keep with the K.I.S. theme. Even the titles are simple!)

Today I'm going to share with you some ways that I K.I.S. with gifts. These are ideas that I find thoughtful, but time saving for me the gift giver.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

{ Baking Soda }


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(K.I.S. Week: every post will be as simple as I can make it about simple solutions to everyday life situations. I will have minimal pictures in the posts as well to keep with the K.I.S. theme. Even the titles are simple!)

To kick off my K.I.S. Week series I thought I'd talk about my favorite solution to so many household problems, baking soda. It doesn't get much simpler than that. I mean, it is what it is: sodium bicarbonate. No additives, no other ingredients, pure, plain and simple and it does so many things. Here's my running list:

Monday, August 15, 2011

{ K.I.S. Week }



Keep It Simple. That's what I'm trying to do this week. That's what I need to do this week. I don't know about you guys, but I am busy and overwhelmed. We have not been home more than 5 days a week for the last 4 weeks and that means lots of packing and unpacking for a family of four plus the normal never ending tasks of keeping the house picked up, the fridge stocked, laundry clean, snacks and meals made and then hopefully a moment for me.

Friday, August 12, 2011

{ Veggie and Cheese Frittata }



A few weeks ago I wrote a post, { What's for Brunch? }. In that post I linked you to a recipe for mini-veggie frittatas from Parent magazine; I also said that we would be varying it to make an adult version. Well we did, and it's so easy and yummy that I thought I'd share our grown-up Veggie and Cheese Frittata. As always, cooking is an art so feel free to use this recipe as a starting place and explore with what's in your fridge and pantry; the only requirements for a frittata are eggs and the cooking method, so let's get started!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

{ Family Fun in Lincoln City, OR }



In case you didn't notice that I was gone last week, I was. The family took a beach break. We headed down to Lincoln City, OR and when you head to the Oregon Coast you always plan for rain and cold; even in August. Thankfully God decided to bless us with some beautiful weather. It was only windy the first two days and the sun came out everyday! Now don't get me wrong, the ocean water was still ice numbingly cold but we were able to wear shorts and short sleeves while playing in the sand every afternoon.

Today I'll give you a little photo tour of the beach we played on in Lincoln City and then I'll share a couple of fun family activities for vacationing on the Central Oregon Coast. Let's get going!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

{ Beet Pear Soup + Your Weekly Peek }

I know just what you've been dying to see: pictures of my vegetables! What can I say? They're gorgeous aren't they? Well not so much this week, but they really do put store bought produce to shame. I kind of lament in the fall when CSA season is over. But not to fear, it's only week 10 of a 22 week season; there are plenty more farm fresh vegetables to come. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

{ One of My Guilty Pleasures: The Outlander Book Series }

Okay, so if you haven't realized it yet this post should definitely give it away, I am a big dork. But hey, maybe you are too and just maybe that's why you like me. I don't know, just sayin'. Anyway, I want to share my favorite "beach" read with you today.

Monday, August 8, 2011

{ Flannel Strip Blanket - A Handmade Baby Gift }


Welcome back! I hope that you had a great weekend. We had a great vacation down to Lincoln City, OR last week and a nice weekend but I'll share more of that later. First I want to share what I was working on before we took off for vacation, the adorable Flannel Strip Blanket pictured above.

Monday, August 1, 2011

{ Beach Break }



Thanks for checking in, but I'm checking out for some family time. I'll be back next week with some new posts. In the mean time, kick back, relax and enjoy the summer; we are.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

{ Fiesta Bean Bake - A Quick and Simple Meal }


Today I'm going to share a quick and easy meal to throw together. My friend Sarah served this to me and I've made it twice since; it's delicious and light on the prep work. So here we go, Fiesta Bean Bake.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

{ CSA Recipes + Your Peek }


Isn't it a beautiful week! This week's treat is definitely the lavender. Although you can eat lavender, I'll be fine just looking at it and smelling it. The other newbies to the box this week were potatoes (purple viking and white California) and zucchini. Other than that, we've had it all before: lettuce, broccoli, beets, salad turnips, collard greens, scallions and garlic; but we're definitely happy to have it again.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

{ Get Your Kiddos Crafting - The Hungry Caterpillar }



Looking for something fun to do with your old egg cartons? Here's a fun idea, make a Hungry Caterpillar. Phoebe loves The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, so she was thrilled with the idea of making her own.

Monday, July 25, 2011

{ Homemade Strawberry Jam - Delish! }




Mmm, mmm, mmm. Is there anything better than homemade jam? Store bought jam, as with most things mass produced, has nothing on small batch homemade jam. And it's so easy to make. One evening or afternoon can easily get you a year's supply of homemade jam, if you don't give it all away.

This was my first time making jam as an adult and it really was super simple. I'll break it all down for you here so you can decide if you want to make your own jam too.

Friday, July 22, 2011

{ Get Your Kiddos Crafting - Cheerio Birdfeeder }


This is a super simple, but fun craft for toddlers and preschoolers: a Cheerio Bird Feeder. I can't say that any birds have eaten off of ours, which has caused Phoebe some concern, but they were fun to make all the same. Phoebe was able to make hers by herself and even little Tabi was able to make one with a little help too.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

{ A Sweet Summer Treat - Raspberry Sorbet and Citrus Shortbread }

We had some friends over for dinner on Tuesday. We don't normally have guests on week nights, so this was a special occasion leaving me to prepare for our guests. If you know much about me, you know that Kyle usually does a lot of the cooking and is no slouch when it comes to cleaning around the house. But I'm proud to say that I pulled most of it off by myself. Kyle got the bean salad together and steamed the broccoli, but I did everything else and got to flex my culinary muscles.

The Six O'clock Scramble and I do all of the meal planning, even if Kyle does the cooking and baking a lot of the time, so it was fun to pick out a dessert and execute it myself. What did I choose? Homemade raspberry sorbet and citrus shortbread, delicious. I mean it, if you try one new cookie recipe this summer it must be this citrus shortbread. Read on and I'll share the links to the recipes I used and the tips I learned making them.


{ Tips for Eating and Cleaning Greens + Your Peek }


Well, I didn't get a chance to grab a "peek" at our box for you while the veggies were fresh and beautiful last night because we had some friends over so I hope that this shot of the yummy tomatoes and basil we got will suffice. They came together in a bag that just reeks of caprese salad; in fact, they smelled so much like that that I think I will have to use them for that very purpose. Other new treats we got this week were cauliflower, zucchini and kohlrabi greens. We also got more shelling peas (yay!), lettuce, carrots, broccoli, salad greens and garlic. Yum!

We mostly got salad greens this week, but we love greens of all types. In fact, we look forward to the variety of fresh greens we get in our CSA box. When I try to buy non-lettuce greens at the store they're usually on their way out and more bitter than what we get from the farm. A lot of you probably don't eat greens because you never have. It's one of those you don't know what you don't know kind of scenarios because lets face it, greens are not a staple of the American diet. (OR you had canned or store bought greens that weren't so tasty once and never ate greens again.) So I'm going to throw out a few tasty and easy ways for you to enjoy greens and an amazing tip on how to clean them quickly.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

{ Flowers - Bringing Summer to My Rainy Northwest Home }


If you have cutting flowers in your yard, your house is probably overflowing with beauty all summer. For those of us who have to buy our flowers, it can be expensive so the flowers are probably less profuse. But last week I picked up a bunch of wildflowers at TJ's for $3.99, it was the beginning of a beautiful summer in my rainy northwest home. Today I'll share some quick ways to add beauty and color to your home on the cheap and how to keep your blooms blooming longer.

Monday, July 18, 2011

{ The Nikon is Back! }

Maybe you don't analyze my every picture like I do, but you may have noticed a few blurry ones since I started posting in April. That's because since my post { A Day With the Tulips } the first weekend in May, I've been shooting all of my pictures with a dated iPhone 3g (if you know anything about the original iPhones, you know that the cameras aren't any good). So after a good eight weeks sans my camera, I am thrilled to have the Nikon back. It's nothing special, just a D40, but worlds better than my phone or any other point and shoot camera I've used.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

{ My New Address! }



I have a new address! If you come to my blog directly, you no longer have to type in ".blogspot.com". I'm now at simply www.olymomma.com.

Thanks for reading. I hope that this makes checking in with me even easier for you.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


I'm taking some time off for family. I hope that you'll come back and check out what I'm up to again next week.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

{ Simple, Easy, Natural and Cheap - Homemade Vinaigrette + Your Weekly Peek }



Mmmm, mmm, mmm! I'm so excited for this week's box. This week's highlight is the shelling peas. How often do we get fresh peas? And they're so much better than frozen, they're like buttery bites of heaven. I can't wait to have them with our flank steak tonight.




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