Our garden has been trucking along now since February (yes, February!).
One of the biggest blessings of being in our own home this year has been to be able to start our garden before May which is traditionally when we’ve had access to any plot (and last year we were just moving into our house around that time). So, by this point in the year we would typically have had seeds and tomatoes planted for just a few weeks. This year, we’ve been already enjoying peas, lettuce and strawberries for weeks!
If you follow our (largely neglected) facebook page at all, I have posted a few pictures of our garden situation and its progress. I’m just going to do a few highlights in this post, and hopefully at some point, I’ll give you the full low down on how we’re gardening in a (super teeny!) backyard.
Is it odd that my new favorite room in the house is the smallest room in the house and our half bathroom? One of my dreams about owning our own home was being able to update it and decorate it exactly how I would like it. And this bathroom is the first place we’ve done that 100%.
First and foremost, forgive me for the beauty post: I am not a beauty blogger, nor do I claim to be. I fall under the category of “Mom style” most days (e.g. mascara and lipstick are “extra fancy.”)Continue reading →
After three years of being pregnant and/or breastfeeding, I realized my wardrobe needed a major update. My body shape is completely different from three years ago, even if I weigh about the same. Clothes just hang differently, and there’s something about being the mom of two girls that made me realize there are just some clothes that I don’t feel comfortable wearing anymore.
The problem is I have expensive taste (as I sure many people do). I had dreamed about clothing from stores like Anthropologie, but there was no way I would EVER have considered buying their clothes because when you’re a bargain hunter like me, $80 for a t-shirt is wildly out of the question. But then, by a bit of a mishap, I discovered the wonderful online world of used clothing. Continue reading →
I mentioned in my unboxing post that we have purchased and used several items from The Honest Co., and that I’d provide reviews of what we have used and liked (or disliked). I’m breaking these up into different categories so I don’t leave you with one super long post!
So first, let’s start off with the bath products from The Honest Co. that we use on the little Es.
Honest Bubble Bath
This is hands down the one Honest Co. product that we go through the most of and love. Little E LOVES bubbles in her bath, and I have loved the sweet subtle scents of these bubble baths. These rate well on the Environmental Working Group’s website (at least the old formulation, which comes in at a 2). It doesn’t look like they have the newest formulations listed, but I looked up some of the differing ingredients, and they all look like they’re still a 2 or below. I think we’re on our third bottle of this, and always add this to one of our Honest Essentials Bundles.
When we had our second little E in November, we were hoping that our first E would be potty trained by the time her younger sister was out of the newborn diapers (our older E is currently just over two years old). Of course life never works out how you plan – especially when there are toddlers involved, so we moved onto Plan B: MORE DIAPERS. Buying more cloth diapers is still more economical in the long run than buying disposables for however many months it will be before bigger E is trained – even if we stocked up on our pricier favorite diapers. The problem is, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend another couple of hundred dollars to bulk up our stash.
Then it dawned on me: I can sew. And making your own is always much cheaper.
I never wanted to make our diapers in the first place (and I’m glad I didn’t) because I didn’t know what style we would like. It would have been painful to make a whole bunch and decide we didn’t like how they worked. But, now that we’ve been through it once, I’m perfectly okay with trying my hand at making some more.
So, if you’re curious, take a look at how you can make your own diaper patterns based off of a favorite diaper you own.
The Honest Co. seems to be one of those companies that a lot of the natural-leaning world has conflicting opinions of. Some claim they are greenwashing, while others tout their undying love and support to the company.
I fall somewhere in between the two. In the future I’ll do some in-depth reviews of products we’ve used, but for now, this is a basic unboxing of what we ordered. It’s our fourth box so far, and some products we’ve used before, and some are brand new to use.
I typically loathe subscription services because as a family of four, rarely can we actually go through enough products to make it worth receiving a box a month of anything. The thing I actually appreciate about The Honest Co. is being able to postpone the delivery for three months (a customer service representative told me you could do six months, but I’ve only ever been able to do three). I like this because I do like several of the products we’ve used and appreciate the cheaper (but not cheap, mind you) price of the bundle versus buying the products individually.
I must admit that for awhile, my night time face routine was not so natural. I used Philosphy’s Purity for a LONG time (because I bought a GIGANTIC bottle). It did the job well enough, but I really wanted to switch to an all natural skin care routine. I knew I didn’t have the patience to do the oil cleansing method that is popular in a lot of natural groups; and bar soaps – even the fancy natural ones – never did what I wanted for my face.
(Don’t worry, in another post I’ll update you all on the SIGNIFICANT changes we had in 2015. As you might have guessed by this post, one of the biggest changes was adding another little member to our family!)
The postpartum period is ROUGH. Really rough. I think after our first daughter, I realized that the postpartum period is the worst “joke” that gets played on new moms – and the one that I had read the least about and was totally unprepared for the first time around.
However, (and thankfully) the second time around was so much easier on me. I healed a whole lot faster this time, but I also had added a few extra tools and tips to my arsenal that really helped me feel better.
I really like Highland Fling, I really do. BUT, this was also my first Scotch Naturals color that I was initially really disappointed in. If you look at their stock photo, Highland Fling appears to be a sherbet-y light coral color. But, in reality, it is another addition in what I consider the Scotch Naturals reds.