• "Gardening"

    Garden

    It’s been a couple of months since I last gave an update on our garden.  Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure I didn’t even list what we planted.  Bad blogger. ::hanging head in shame:: So far, some of our plants have begun to produce, which is really exciting, but it also means I’m about to be really busy harvesting, canning, freezing, and roasting. Our potatoes are completely ready to be harvested.  I’ve been slowly digging them up in the evenings.  It has been really hot and humid here for the last couple of weeks, making the mere notion of digging for potatoes, during the brunt of the afternoon…

  • "DIY",  "life",  "living on less",  "Liz"

    Does It Really Work? Living On Less Series

    I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for two+ years now, and I’ve tried five different recipes, before landing on the one I’ve used for the last year.    Because I get asked frequently, Does it really work, I figured I would answer it here.  YES!  It really works, it smells fabulous (You’ll see why in the ingredients), and it only takes 10 minutes to put together.  I don’t suggest washing your delicates; I feel you should stick with Woolite or the drycleaners for those, but for your everyday clothes…this is just as good as the store bought stuff, without the price.    A little bit of my experiences… At…

  • Uncategorized

    The Beach

    Most of the time, I procrastinate writing a post because of the sheer amount of pictures I take, and my recent trip to the beach is one of those posts.   And just so you know, I haaaaaate editing photos.  Even so, I like the finished photo after editing (usually), therefore, I pull on my big girl undies and got to work. (finally) If you missed the beginning of our beach story, A Rough Start, you can read it here.

  • "Birthday",  "kids",  "life moments",  "life"

    My Boys

    My boys… They celebrated another year of life last month.  This is a very cliché saying, but it is true,  they really are growing up fast.  Especially my twelve year old!  The mere thought that I have a twelve year old, stresses my brain out.   I don’t really have any profound words to say about their birthdays, but the simple fact that I made their special day “feel” special is enough for me.  Especially since we combined their birthdays on Nathan’s, which happened to be the day before we left for our vacation.  It was an extremely hectic day.    I also created the worlds best vanilla cake recipe…

  • "kids",  "life",  "scout"

    Crying Uncle

    This gem of a picture is Scout with my mascara on his face, which he also rubbed into the hallway carpet and the bedroom carpet.  (And I don’t mean just a little bit.  Think in terms of nearly the whole tube. it was a lot.)  It is one of those days when I’m screaming uncle, early in the morning.  It was even bad when I woke up. Everything I try to do right, goes inadvertently wrong.  It is a snowball effect.  Since everything is (probably) going to go wrong, then I’m just going to wait this day out.  For example, we had a stellar day, yesterday with potty training.  There…