of dreams and seasons

happy wednesday friends!! thanks for all your kind words and support as i took a little blog break.  you are all seriously the best.  too bad i didn't live closer because i would bring you all cookies and flowers.

have you ever noticed that sometimes your life dreams and aspirations ebb and flow with different seasons of life?! i have really seen that over the last few years and it feels kind of strange.  strange to actually be okay with letting visions of myself go that i always thought i would attain.

my mantra right now is to hold my husband, my children, my friends, my family, myself to a standard of grace and not perfection.  i don't to be bound to things i have said i always wanted to do just for the sake of doing them.  sometimes life leads us in different direction.  sometimes something even more glorious and perfect for our individual personalities arises that is better than what we could have hoped for on our own.

this is one of the most beautiful things in life and i want to embrace it wholeheartedly.  i want to allow myself to grow, to change, to become the unique, beautiful life that God intended me to be.
God has brought some really special things into our life in the last few months.  some things that are quite possibly an answer to many hopeful dreams for our family and future. also spring is here with summer sneaking right alongside and i want to get back to last summer's mantra of slow and grateful.  // you can read more on that here // 

so for this season of life, this space may not have the same schedule and presence is has had the last five months.  and surprisingly i'm really okay with this.  i have two of the sweetest babies that are growing faster than we can blink.  i want to really squeeze every ounce of sweetness and purpose from this spring and summer.  i want to hone in on my skills of loving, serving and respecting my amazing husband well.  i want to be a better cheerleader, a better support, a better best friend to him than i have been these past four years.  i want to dig around in our tiny garden with emmett -- he told me the other evening that gideon should go to bed so we could garden together, in his own toddler language of course!! haha! i want to get back to my 52 things project that i have severely neglected the last few months.  i want to take more cozy afternoon naps because soon these sleepy days will be gone so soon.

because to be honest, i don't want get to the end of these little days and look back knowing i just blogged about it well.  life is too short for that.
this isn't good bye. . . just see you around.  i have some fun collaborations that i am excited to share. i will have more summer adventures to talk about. and of course there's always so much going on in my heart that my heart craves to process in this little space.  it just might be a bit more disjointed and scattered than it has been, but that's okay.  i want to embrace today and i hope you are doing the same in whatever season of life you may be in.

thanks for being here and being part of our story. i love you lots!!
^^ and laundry. lots and lots of laundry. haha! ^^

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also i hope my english teacher forgives me but i've given up on proper capitalization here. life's too short for that. haha. love you mom!! ;)

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Family First

Hey sweetest friends!

I just wanted to pop in here and let you know that I am taking a blog break this week.  I feel like there are some family things I need to give my full attention to so I will be back next week.  Thanks for your understanding and I hope you are enjoying sunshine wherever you are.



The Story of Cozy

We love cozy clothes in this house.  I mean seriously.  Doesn't the thought of snuggling up in some comfy pants with the softest tee shirt just make you feel all relaxed and happy inside?!  We have cozy days several days a week. . . okay most days of the week.   Some of our favorite things to do on these days are playing circus train, farm, coloring and of course a some kid shows thrown in there too.

Our newest favorites for lounging days are from Tiny Tiny One, an online concept store that stocks organic baby clothes.  Like this little ocean and whale set for Gideon and the peek-a-bunny-butt pants for Emmett.  That's not their official name, but seriously.  How cute is this little bum?!
All the clothes we have from them are really sturdy and durable and soft as soft can be.  Another awesome part about all the clothes from Tiny Tiny One is that they are organic cotton.  Here are some benefits of dressing our little babies in these kinds of clothes

The skin of babies & children are particularly vulnerable as their skin is being around 30% thinner and more sensitive than adult’s, the skin of babies readily absorb toxins.  

While conventional cotton growing uses harmful pesticides that are easily absorbed by the skin and the the production of conventional cotton uses chemicals to wash, bleach, prepare, dye and finish the fabric.  

Organic cotton is free from harmful chemicals and heavy metal. It is softer and safer choice for babies sensitive skin.

// You can read more on this topic here //
My friends from Tiny Tiny One are generously offering my readers free international shipping // their company is based in Hong Kong // PLUS 10% off two items.  Oh my goodness, guys! This is your time to stock up on the cutest baby gifts and goods for the year.  I mean seriously.  I'm just dying to dress Gideon and Emmett in this little blue stripped tee shirt and this owl branch romper.   And just for fun, if I had a little girl this summer, I would definitely choose this mint striped kimono and these navajo pants.  So so many cute pieces to choose from.  And this Seaweed Snuggle Blanket?! I can almost feel it's coziness now.

Remember the offer only lasts a week so make your order quick!  Also be sure to check Tiny Tiny One on Instagram + Facebook + Pinterest.
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What are your favorite things to wear and do on cozy days?!

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Basic Beans & Bacon

Do you like that double alliteration up there in the post title?! Or should it a triple alliteration?! Also is it just me or do you girls love simple meals as much as I do?! I'd wager I love them a little more than most. haha

A few months ago, I bought a massive bag of mixed beans from Costco and then this recipe came to me.  If you can even call it a recipe. It's seriously that simple.  Of course only if you can remember to soak your beans the night before.

Also on the topic of soaking beans. . . despite the little bit of extra work it involves, did you know that it unlocks all the nutrients and health benefits of beans?!  Plus you aren't exposed to BPA from the can or all the additional salt and preservatives that are added to the cans.  Okay.  End of bean-soaking-rant.  On with dinner. . .
Beans & Bacon
// serves 4-6 //

3 c mixed beans, soaked // you can read more on bean soaking here // 
1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
1 onion, diced
1 lb bacon, cooked and chopped into bite size pieces
salt to taste

Cook your soaked beans and diced onion in a large pot, covered with a few inches of water.  Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  Once the beans are tender, drain water.  Mix in bacon and spaghetti sauce.  Cook until heated through.  Add salt to taste.  Enjoy!!
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If you soak your own beans, what are your favorite ways to use them?!  Like I said, we have a massive bag. haha

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