Written on 12/15/2011
It’s Thursday, in case you’re anything like me and regularly go through an entire day thinking it’s a totally different day. Mom brain.
Anyway. Monday night my girls were sick as dogs. Cohen must have set some new record for how far and how much projectile vomit she could disperse throughout my living room. Can I just say… cleaning up puke is….. well. It’s bad. And smelly. And downright rotton. I swear I can smell it everywhere. This is why I have gone through cans of Lysol and Fabreeze. I’m actually ready to call some moving trucks and just start fresh in a new house. I’m pretty notorious for throwing stuff away as soon as it’s encountered puke. Co threw up in her carseat once and welp, it had a nice journey to the dump after that. I’ve gone through a lot of towels and sheets. I just can’t stand the thought of washing articles that have been saturated in stomach acid and regurgitated dinner. My house, however not so easy to throw that away, so until then it’s lots of cleaning supplies, candles and prayer.
On another note, we had a nice full healthy day Tuesday and Wednesday. Then last night Isla decides to join the party AGAIN and puke ALL over herself, her bed, her blanket. Poor baby. It’s honestly heartbreaking. Cohen didn’t puke much until she started school, and because of that I think she brings those nasty bugs home to poor Isla. Isla had some medical issues from throwing up. She was on some antacids because of some esophageal damage from violently vomiting. I’m worried this might have occurred again. So after a night with Isla snuggled up in our bed, she woke up normal. I’m praying she’s done being sick!
This morning was a “3 shots of espresso and a splash of non fat milk” kinda morning. I seriously got maybe 3-4 hours of very interrupted sleep. So, to wake up to our Nespresso machine has never made me happier! The glow of our Christmas lights gave my heart a little joy, the 30 seconds of silence my girls gave me while watching “Big Big friend” gave me another little boost of joy, then the requests started pouring in. “Im hungry! I want milk. I want a cookie. I want crackers. I want oatmeal.”
“Ok so I will make oatmeal in just 2 seconds.”
“MOM! It’s been 2 seconds!”
“Ok, in one minute.”
Insert Cohen’s “mad” look here.
So it’s nearly 11am and Co has ballet soon. And I have some serious puke smell to wash out of Isla’s hair. Wish me luck.
Ps. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! Don’t be shy! The more the merrier!!
Written on 12/12/2011
I’m very excited about this giveaway! I’ve included a few fun items this time around. And, each item has been handmade by me for you!
For starters you have a delicious 8oz soy candle. It’s a yummy warm vanilla scent. I think everyone loves vanilla, no? Next up we have a very cute little zipper pouch ready for all your favorite lip glosses, your cell phone, your gifts cards, your headphones, debit card, change, candy that you want to hide from your kids, you name it! Third we have a sweet felt flower pin. It’s a lovely rust color that will pretty much match with anything. Pin it to your hat, pin it to your scarf, pin it to your shirt, your dress, the front of your belt, poke your husband with it from time to time for a good laugh. It’s a very fun little accessory! Last but not least a fun little headband/ear warmer for this very crisp cold winter we’re having! Notice Isla is wearing this and it looks very cute on her, but it looks VERY cute on adults as well. So, if you’re a Momma with a “mini me” you can share!
Anyhoot. To enter this giveaway I am asking that you leave a comment very briefly stating your favorite thing about Christmastime. It doesn’t need to be fancy or 5 pages long. Just short and sweet. For additional entries you can share on Facebook, Tweet about the giveaway and share a link to my blog (don’t forget to inclue me @keshathomas in the tweet).And lastly you can blog about the giveaway and include a link to the giveaway. I will add up each and every entry for each person and in ONE WEEK I will choose a lucky winner!
I want to say “Thanks” to all my readers. I appreciate the time you take out of your lives to read my blog and share your thoughts and leave your comments. It’s always such a pleasure.
Written on 12/10/2011
This is one of my favorites. I’m going to TRY to make a few of these for the special ladies in my life. Heck. Make them for the men in your life too! Lord knows they could use some exfoliation :-) And no one has to know.
If you’ve never indulged in a body scrub, then you are truly missing out. I’m addicted to this stuff. And now that I have a fun recipe I will probably end up making a huge batch for myself! I chose Sugar because it’s not as harsh as salt scrubs although you can use a fine salt instead of sugar if you wish.
Another suggestion, use organic oils. DO NOT use vegetable oil. Choose an oil that is healthy and beneficial to your skin and health. If you aren’t sure what kind, go to your nearest health food store such as Whole Foods or in the Salem area I suggest Life Source. They will have someone who knows. Trader Joe’s, probably not so much. As far as scents, I suggest essential oils.
Anyway, enough blabbing! Go get your scrub making on, you scrub!
Also, you don’t have to go to this extent as far as decorating your jars. You can make your jars cute with a simple ribbon tied around it. So don’t panic if you think you need to make yours look exactly like these :-)
Here’s the link! Enjoy!
Written on 12/09/2011
So here is my DIY Christmas gifts #2.
I actually did this! I purchased a candle making kit off e-bay and made about 20 delicious soy candles from scratch! It was a delightful process and who wouldn’t want a scrumptious candle during this crisp cold time of year?
Here’s the blog with all the info you’ll need! I made 20 8oz candles for around $60. Pretty good if you ask me!
Written on 12/08/2011
So, I’ve decided to share some the amazing DYI gift ideas I have encountered for Christmas this year. Pinterest is just about the best darn thing that’s ever happened to me (apart from Jesus of course) but seriously. Thank You, Pinterest! (and Jesus!)
I came across this great post from Pinterest and The 36th Avenue. I have more I will share in the next few days and I’m even thinking about doing a Christmas GIVEAWAY! Yes. You read me. GIVEAWAY! This will be a good one so make sure you sunscribe to my blog so you don’t miss out!
Stay tuned and enjoy this cute little idea from this very cute blog! Click on the image below.
Written on 12/07/2011
I don’t regret my last post. I like to vent and I like to share my ups and downs with my readers. I think it’s necessary to relate with one another. however I also think it’s important to share the ways God redeems my heart when I’m feeling down in the pits. He knows. He wants to make my day better. He is in fact my Father and His desire is to scoop me into His arms and show me how loved I am. He doesn’t want me to try and “fix” myself. He doesn’t expect me to “pull myself up by my bootstraps”. He wants me to surrender to His grace.
My precious Grandma left a comment on my blog that had me thinking. She’s good at doing that considering how wise she is! I always take her words to heart.
“So sorry that you feel so depressed my darling grand daughter. I will let you in on a little secret–it wont last forever- I know that feeling of wanting everything in the house to stay neat & orderly–”all the time”!! It dose not happen when there are small children, I felt so sad when I read how depressed you were. Then I had to laugh when you wrote about the girls marching down the stairs with their back-pack full to empty. So many Mothers experience this , and always have. You are Blessed- anew home-an attentive, good husband that loves you.You do have so much that others dont have-Gods blessed you with so much. Think of that, & think positive & thankful. Just kick the “EVILS” in the butt & tell them – “Stay out of my head!” I belong to Jesus, & there is no room for you ! I am so proud of you & your family. God has been so good to you! I thank him every day for how he has blessed my family (grand-children). You all have did so well. You are so precious to me–I will pray that those dark depressing thoughts are overcome with Gods help. I love you, you are so talented, remember that is a gift. GMA”
Wow. Do you have tears in your eyes, too? I’m so stinking blessed. Not only by those things in which my Grandma mentions but just by her love alone. She is such a treasure to me and I truly can’t thank God enough for her in my life. She’s been there since the day I was born. She’s seen me through every footstep in my life. She’s encouraged me, helped me, loved me beyond anyone else, accepted me, shown me so much wisdom, and she’s still here supporting me as I raise my kids and care for my own family.
Thank you for reminding me of all I have to be happy for, Grandma! You’re a true reflection of Jesus.
How lucky am I? Look at my precious family!
Written on 12/05/2011
On an empty stomach, the huge pile of dishes, the bottles of beverages, boxes of snacks and “stuff” consuming my kitchen counters, the toys everywhere, the messy closets, the cluttered bedrooms, the dusty bathrooms, the piling laundry, the plates and dishes spread throughout my home, the lack of organization and the fact that I simply can’t conquer this on my own…… for my anxious heart today. I see sunshine. I have everything I could ever need, I have two delightful amazing sweet daughters who do nothing but assure me they love me, but somehow I’m defeated today. I feel like a black speck being consumed by the “abyss” I call my house. You’d think I would just “get the heck outta here” and that is usually my plan but when I leave my messy house to go drive around in a messy car, then to haul two kids around and want to spend money I know I shouldn’t, then come back home to a messy house it just all seems like too much. I know, there’s the park, there’s the Library (aka Hell) there are places to take my kids that don’t cost money and I can sit there, alone and watch them play while I think and stress about the mess waiting for me at home, but I just want to give up today. And as my girls walk down the stairs with their backpacks filled to the brim with toys to dump all over my living room, and new outfits on (their old ones have been thrown somewhere in our house) I just confirms my desire to sit and wallow in my self pitty.
And now they’ve pulled out the kiddie tent. Yep. That’s the straw they broke this camels back.
Written on 11/23/2011
This past weekend was probably the busiest weekend I’ve had in a LONG time. I made the decision to participate in a Holiday vintage/craft faire and I had one month to work my fingers to the bone to have enough stuff to fill an 10×10 space. It was crazy and busy and extremely exhausting BUT it was probably the most fun I’ve had in a long time! I’m officially hooked and I will definitely be participating in many more to come! The whole process of these shows is completely draining but it’s kinda of like giving birth. You kinda forget the bad and for some insane reason you can’t wait to do it again.
Thank GOD for my dear friend Jessica. I really couldn’t have done this thing without her help! We showed up the morning of the first day to set up my booth and we both kinda looked at each other and our jaws dropped. There were horse trailers, u-hauls, extremely huge and intimidating trucks loaded with gobs and GOBS of STUFF. Then there’s us. Our two little (in comparison) Honda Pilots stuffed to the brim with little homemade trinkets and a few odd and ends pieces of refinished furniture. We immediately went into game mode and started unloading. There was one pitiful elevator and 3 flights of stairs. We decided to be cool and haul everything up the 3 flights of stairs (nicknaming ourselves the “Skinny Bitches” along the way). We had some good laughs, a nice long trip to Walmart for some last minute necessities (which may or may not have included corn nuts, beef jerky and satan in candy form aka Almond Joy pieces) and a very fun evening together watching all the customers walk through and admire MY things! I felt proud.
It will happen again.
So, here are a few pictures to give you the visual. Once this glass of wine wears off I might be able to proof read this blog and check for spelling errors. Have mercy. It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I’m making the feast! I gotta relax a little.
This picture made me “lol” way to be candid, Jess!
Wow. This picture really reveals how midget I am…. In case you didn’t already know.
Written on 11/11/2011
So, I LOVE Thanksgiving! And I feel lucky because I have been handed the “Holiday torch” and I usually host most major Holidays at my home. I love this. I’m a born homemaker. Cooking runs in my blood. In fact, I don’t know one woman in my family that hasn’t been an incredible cook! I’m pretty lucky that I was always surrounded by women in aprons cooking and baking up a storm on the Holidays! I’ve carried on some traditional recipes throughout my family and I have come to love some of my own. I thought it would be fun to share some of my most favorite Recipes for the Holidays with you. You can click the recipes and print them so you always have them. We are pretty sever gluttons when it comes to any Holiday Dinner, so if you were wondering…. Yes. I usually make all of this :-) My skinny jeans still hate me from last year.
Please, please, PLEASE let me know if you try them and how you liked them! And if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!
First we have the appetizer. I made this last year for Christmas and it was UNBELIEVABLE.
I also like to serve yummy olives, cheese, meats and crackers. I think they make a nice and simple appetizer.
I always serve fresh crescent rolls. They’re easy and a no fail!
Also, for stuffing, I use Stove Top Stuffing. Again, easy. Why slave away when it tastes great and ends up perfect every time. You can make your own gravy or buy the pre-made. Both taste good :-)
Remember to let me know how these work for you and your loved ones!
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