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It’s Almost Summer Break Here!

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Will Summer Break get here already?!

My oldest has 5 1/2 days of school left, while my preschoolers have 4 half days of school left. We are all waiting in anticipation for the first days of summer!

With more time in our days and summer break coming up I have a secret mission.  it is for our family to slow down and savor more each day. It has to be a secret because the minute I tell them we are doing less and staying home more they will start complaining, whining and asking if we can go somewhere.  See, I have four kids that love to go places. Well this summer we are going to go less and stay more!

Breakfast the first day of summer break will be this yummy and fun dish. With more morning time we will not be rushing off to start our day which we are all happy about. Check out Weelicious for other kid friendly recipes.

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Fun activities for summer besides running in the sprinkler, chalkfest in the driveway and riding bikes are everywhere on the web. Here are a few that jumped out at us…

This awesome bucket list to work on all summer!

magic word activity great for a rainy day! I also like that the little ones can just use the white crayon for whatever they want to draw on their page before painting.

This fun dice and sight word activity for when the littles are sleeping and you need something for your 4-6 year old.

Getting messy and cooking with the kids. Here is a list of some ideas.

Making some sidewalk chalk paint to change up the outside fun.

If you are already on Summer Break enjoy every second…we can’t wait to join you!

xo

Marisa

 

 

 

 

 

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Fresh Reads

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The snow has me reading, cuddling with the kids, cooking, and gazing out the window at the piles and piles of snow!

Some fresh reads I came across in the few days:

  • Looking for a yoga mat spray…found this quick read with other essential oil uses.
  • 10 Things Fit, Healthy People Do Differently Every Day
  • New Favorite Fitness Website and Fitness App
  • Using these for my winter runs after the last two snow storms!
  • Need a quick yoga practice check out this awesome blog called Yoga By Candace.  She also offers challenges each month which are perfect for beginners, seasoned or advanced yogis.
  • Inspiring story here!
  • Recipe of the day!  I made two batches the first time and just pulled this out of the freezer for dinner!  I am going to add some roasted potatoes with a veggie.

Enjoy and stay warm!

xo- Marisa

 

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It’s Still January!

I can add in a quick Happy New Year because it’s still January (well it was when I started typing out this post)! Wow the month has flown by and the weather has changed…bbuurr!  We love it and the kids are having a blast playing in the snow.

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For our first snow day we made lemonade slushies with the fresh fallen snow.  Then we made a huge snowman and stayed home for three days straight!  It was fun but we were all ready to get out of the house and back to our routine.

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Word for the year…this has been a tough one this year because “fear” kept popping up and who wants fear to be their word?!  Then “lean” popped up so I decided to combine them into a phrase my wise friend said to me, Lean into the Fear!  So a few things that have landed in my email box lately are:

Perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4:18

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

This great quote by Shalane Flanagan, “Don’t let fear decide your future.” This quote made me think of the word fearless.  What if we all lived fearless this year?  Not worrying so much, not stressing so much, deciding to do what excites us before we can talk ourselves out of it.  What is one thing you want to do this year that you have been putting off?  I say be fearless, go out and do it!  I have started a list of things that I want to do…now it’s just deciding which one to tackle first!

I am still sewing over at RisaAnn.com and I have taken a role in the local modern quilt guild.  It is a great group of women that have a love for all things sewing especially modern and unique quilts. Currently in the line-up I have two quilts that are basted and one quilt-as-you-go started.  They are all gifts so once those are done I will be back to making scarves, mini quilts and other fun things for the store.  Life sure gets busy and before we know it days have gone by!

BOOKS

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I have been reading a lot lately and I have to share because they are all pretty good.  Either after a long day on the Kindle app or listening to a book on the Audible app  while folding laundry or sewing. Here are the books that I have recently finished or am just finishing up:

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This was very good, a page turner and it did not disappoint!

Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.  Very good factual history, I was intrigued, interested and finished it very quickly.

Love Life by Rob Lowe.  This is his second book and I have to say I enjoyed them both.  I listened to them on the Audible app and enjoyed the narration and pace of the books.  Some great life lessons, some funny stories, some Hollywood drama and lots of honesty.

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.  This was the January book club pick by the same author that wrote The Red Tent.  It was a very easy read and kept my attention for the most part.

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. This a great historical fiction and I am enjoying it after reading Killing Kennedy.

Round Robin by Jennifer Chiaverini. I found this book after I looked for Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. I started this a long time ago and decided to get it in the Audible app so I could finish it faster.  A very quaint, easy read that takes place in a small town and yes there is quilting in the book.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.  I just started this and am really liking it so far.  It is the February book club pick…I will let you know if it continues to be great!

Fitness Favorite

POPSUGAR ACTIVE App…there are many of free videos for 10 minute quick workouts.  Videos include yoga sessions, tabata rounds and even crossfit WODs plus many more.  You can combine three or four videos for a great workout.  I pulled this out the other day to get my body moving and was surprised by how well the videos are done and what great workouts they were.

Wishing you peace and happiness this coming week!

xo Marisa

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Fall Sickies!

The leaves are falling and the temps are dropping…my favorite time of year.  Unless all the kids are sick and have short fuses with one another.  Then I need to get creative and get everyone calmed down!

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I have been dabbling in essential oils again and so I brought those out today to help with the sickies going around our house.  The kids are enjoying the foot rubs and the smells coming out of the diffuser.  Check out my Pinterest page on essential oils!

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Here are some of my favorite go to’s for oils lately!

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I look up the symptom on this sheet and pick the oil I think will work best.  I check to see if the oil needs to be diluted and if so I take the oil I need and mix it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or Young Living’s V6 oil.  Most times I rub the oil or mixture of oils onto the bottom of the kids feet or the back of their neck.

Lately we have been using lavender a lot…Last week Sylvie fell and scraped up her knee bad, I wiped it off with a wet towel and then applied lavender oil directly onto it.  It soothed it and she said it didn’t hurt anymore.  I cut my finger a couple days ago and after wiping it off I applied lavender oil to the cut and it helped with the healing.  Here are some more great uses for lavender!

Then I decided to try to make my own detangling spray.  We go through so much of this with three girls that have Rapunzel like hair!  I used this recipe from Wellness Mama and I love the way I could personalize the scents to what the girls like.  Just a side note I did double the recipe so I could have a bottle of it in a few places around the house.

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My mom lives out of state so I had to make chicken noodle soup for the first time.  Will see what the kids think when we eat dinner tonight.  I found some great recipes here!

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Time to get back to my nursing duties!

xo Marisa

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We Made It!

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We made it through the week!  The girls may be arguing over a snack at the moment while my little guy is napping…it’s been one of those weeks!  But, I choose to relish and enjoy the last moments of summer with my kids before school starts.  We are all excited for routine and schedule now if we can go cold and virus free through the winter that would be amazing :)!

Soccer has started, meet the teacher has happened and now we just enjoy some time together this weekend before they venture out make friends and learn a bunch!

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He is even ready with his new backpack and winter boots!

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A few pics from Roro and Papa’s visit last week!

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Viv making pasta and sauce with my mom.

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Checking out the fish at the fishing store.

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Sewing room re-do happened at IKEA!  My first visit to the store was a success!

Here are some great workouts that were done this week…I needed inspiration so I turned to Pinterest for ideas!

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Stop over to RisaAnn Designs to check out the newest quilt that is done!

Have a great weekend!!

xo Marisa

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Monday Madness

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The kids woke up excited for a fun playdate at a new park…who would have thought this would be a highlight to my week before kids…funny how life changes!  It use to be a new outfit or a night out now it’s a park or a fun time at the bookstore.  I wouldn’t change it for the world, even if the park kind of blew up in my face.  With a two year old that wanted to “GO car”.  He decided today was not a day to be at the park while the three girls LOVED being at the park and did not want to leave.  I tried distracting him, feeding him a snack, but he was not having it.  We moved to another area to play and he was ok for a bit and then he kind of lost it and I said ok that’s it, we have to go…now it was three unhappy girls and one happy boy!  Maybe tomorrow will be better for the little man we are heading to the bookstore and there is a train there!

A few blog posts I ran across over the weekend that was nourishment for the mind and soul!

Why We Need Older Mamas Funny when I read this I am smack dab in the middle of being the young mom and the old mom…still have one in diapers, two in preschool and one in 1st grade.  I still have so much to learn but I can empathize with the new mom!  It’s true the saying God brings you through something so you can help someone that goes through it after you.  That is so true for motherhood…we are all in this together!

Children Are Not Check Boxes This one got me because I am such a list maker.  I have a list to go through during the day to keep me organized and motivated.  I need to remember that spending time with my kids is not on the list because I am suppose to just do it…be in their midst, listen to them, take time to sit and cuddle, read books, etc.  When life gets crazy I forget the ease of this and start trying to check of boxes…then I have to stop, breath and realize what is the next thing I need to do to calm the house.  Oh, if I could just remember this each day!

A couple of fun crafts to try in that last week before school starts and everyone is either bouncing off the walls or hanging from the ceiling!

Paper Flowers

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3D Gold Fish Bowl

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Have a great week!

Marisa

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Happy Friday Y’all!

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It’s Friday and we are looking forward to a fun weekend with Roro (my mom) and Papa visiting.  That excitement of what will we do today is lingering as the house sleeps and the day is before us.  I couldn’t sleep not sure why but, decided to read and came across some good stuff I wanted to share!

  • A great post by Joy Forney at Incourage about listening…I needed to read this!
  • Words from Lysa TerKeurst Before They Go To School…Have This Conversation. I believe she writes this for parents of kids leaving home, but I will apply this to my littles as they head off to first grade and preschool.
  • I am just finishing up Am I Messing Up My Kids? also by Lysa and I am excited to start her new book The Best Yes.  They are part of the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study Series.  Can I tell you how great these have been?  Feeling connected to other moms through reading a book about motherhood…oh how God knows the season I am in…freshly moved away from dear friends and in the throws of being mommy to four little ones!  Good books for encouragement and wisdom!

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I am listening to The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand on the Aubible app on my phone (it’s also available on Amazon).  It is GOOD!  A friend recommended it and I am so thankful…a good book to finish off summer reading.  I can’t wait to get back to my sewing so I can hear what happens next!

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And before I go, here is a a great quick workout to try before the weekend gets here!

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Happy Friday!

xo Marisa

 

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Hello there!

So many days I have thought about jumping on here and then the day gets away from me.  Then, after putting the kids to bed I fall into bed if I haven’t already fallen asleep in one their beds!

We have moved to another state, away from family and friends and it has been a transition.  With two and a half months gone by we are settled in, had lots of company from home and are enjoying the last weeks of summer!

A few things to share after a long break:

Books I have enjoyed-

Karma Gone Bad by Jenny Feldon is a quick read filled with wit and honesty!

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Am I Messing Up My Kids by Lysa TerKeurst is filled with stories, wisdom and scripture.

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Blog posts I have enjoyed-

Life Lessons and Empty Bobbins…this was a great post and I love how sewing was used for a life lesson!

A post on Running and God from I Take Joy.

Yoga…it has helped me stay grounded!

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A little encouragement to start off your week!

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Have a happy week!

xo Marisa

 

 

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Pass them on…

Three quick things!  One, a video worth every second spent watching.  Two, a wonderful blog post on applying His word to running.  Three, a great read on marriage and who it is truly for.

Loved this video…send it to all the moms in your life…a great dose of encouragement for all moms in the trenches of motherhood.

Here’s a great blog post combining running and His Word!

A post entitled Marriage Isn’t For You.  Insightful and very well put!

Enjoy the links today and have a great rest of the week!

xo Marisa

 

 

 

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What’s For Dinner?

Super busy and trying to get a lot done in a little bit of time?  That’s us too!  So, I have been trying to figure out healthy, quick meals that I can make at home for my family.  I have been using the crock-pot a lot lately and trying to find some new dishes that my family likes.  I want to share a couple recipes each week that have worked for us.  I have some picky eaters so, I sometimes make little changes to the recipes, but for the most part they will eat some part of what I make.

Earlier this week I made this recipe.  My husband said pot roast sounded good for a meal this week when I asked him for ideas.  I found this at the store, bought the meat, some potatoes and carrots along with an onion and that’s it.  I put it all in the crock pot for 8 hours and dinner was served.  My girls and I are not really meat eaters but the house smelled so good and my husband thought it was very tasty!  The ingredients were pretty clean with no corn syrup or hydrogenated yuck.

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Another quick recipe I make weekly is put a pound of chicken in the crock pot top it with salsa and a little bit of water and let it simmer for 6-8 hours.  You can then use this for just about anything.  My girls love it plain, sometimes we make nachos out of it and once I made a yummy, healthy chicken salad the next day.  This dish is usually sugar free, gluten free and soy free.  Check your salsa to be sure because that’s where those things would be hiding out. Sometimes I use regular salsa and sometimes salsa verde.  In the batch below I used salsa verde.  After it was cooked I just shredded it with a fork.

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Next What’s For Dinner post will have Pasta Bake and Lemon Chicken!

Enjoy!

Marisa

 

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