a little dose of our reality

I really don’t intend for this to turn into a place for me to publicly complain about cold season and being sick for what feels like forever. That being said, baby girl and I are finally starting to come out of yet another cold fog. In fact, this morning the little one gave me the best gift a little girl could give her sick mom, a full 12 hours of sleep! It was glorious!

And then I looked around…this is what I saw…For those of you who were going to say something along the lines of this isn’t that bad – please note that 20 minutes into picking up I realized I should be documenting this. These are the ‘after’ pictures.
One day I will actually decorate her room the way it was in our old apartment – it is still my favorite room I have ever done! But for now, nothing on the peachy walls and a far cry from what I intend it to look like. And below you can see the pile of clothes I’m about to sort through to find the clothing items with the least amount of snot and slobber on them so I can get dressed for the day.Yes that is me sporting Uggs, a hoodie and a mom bun – classy. What else am I supposed to do with hair that hasn’t been washed in three days. Since And since I’m being real, I have to leave the house today and that three day un-washed hair is getting trumped by washing diapers. I dream of one day living somewhere that I have enough hot water to take a shower and do laundry with in the same eight hours. So if you see me out today, fair warning, keep your distance. Praise the Lord for dry shampoo – for those of you who don’t have babies, don’t judge, for those that do can I get an Amen!

My apologies for the poor pictures, I figured I should probably spend my time picking up this mess rather than editing fancy photos!

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make your own coordinating glass jars

Not too long ago I started saving glass jars. Instead of throwing them away when they are empty I just remove the label, wash them and store them to use for later. I didn’t think I was throwing away so much glass but in just a short time I have a whole hutch full of sparkly glass jars and bottles. I store them with the lids off so they have the chance to air out and so they all match. I keep all of the lids in that pretty box on one of the shelves.Most of the time the lids are plain black, gold or silver which is great for re-using. But every once in a while I end up with lids like this:Yikes! Clearly not great to use around the house. Here’s my solution for cute coordinating jars.

Begin by priming the lids with a spray paint that is formulated to stick to metal or plastic – this is my go-to favorite primer for almost all of my projects. You’ll need your primed lids, a couple of small paint brushes in various size and shapes, painters tape and acrylic paint in any color you want. Take your primed lid and get creative! Paint whatever designs you like! It really is simple.

I like to use the same color and mix patterns to create a coordinating set with a little bit of variety.I love the way they look! I use these to organize all the little things around the house that tend to clutter up drawers or baskets. In my new jars these everyday items are ready to be displayed!

all-natural teethers

Baby girl’s first two teeth are making their debut and she is taking it like a champ. For a teething baby she is handling it very well but I can still tell her teeth are bothering her. We’ve tried the cold teething rings that go in the fridge but she just doesn’t seem too interested in them. I know that the cold would sooth her gums so I started experimenting and came up with this – frozen jicama strips.

If you are not familiar with jicama – pronounced hick-a-ma – it is a root vegetable, crisp, sweet and refreshing. When frozen they are the perfect teether. It’s just barely sweet flavor keeps her attention and you can tell when she chews on them that they feel good to her sore gums. She isn’t too interested in holding them herself – too cold – but if someone will hold them for her, she is all about them! I love that they are all-natural and because they are white and mostly water they are much less messy than teething biscuits! Here’s to new teeth!

On another note – I realized I’ve been slacking when it comes to pictures of the little one! Its hard to take cute pictures of a sick kid and I am beyond ready for cold season to be over but here are a couple from Easter. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!Happy Monday!