Decided to break up this week’s Canadian tuxedo with a little black and white stripes thrown in.
1// ESSENTIAL OILS: These two essential oil blends are the ones I reach for over and over these days. You can find them both here (I love this company.). I put our diffuser right behind the sofa on this little shelf so that while the boys are sitting watching TV or reading books, it diffuses close to them. Also, have you ever cleaned a bathtub with oils? I’m telling you, a few drops of lemon, baking soda, and a little elbow grease will have your bathtub more sparkly and fresh smelling then ever. Spring cleaning with oils! Makes it all the more bearable. Your favorite ways to use?
From the other day which was, technically, our first beach day of the season. We didn’t wear bathing suits but we also didn’t wear parkas so a step in the right direction. This is Anders tootin’ around the beach with his friend Alma. Can’t wait for more of these days. This weekend we’re going to a barn-raising party and Steve is taking Parker to see the live Wild Kratts show (I am so excited to hear about his reaction–he’s a big Kratt brothers fan and shares with us random and very accurate animal knowledge all day long–and jealous I won’t get to see it myself.). What are you up to?
Some weekend reading…
If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you know that this week has been rough. Too much work, too much stress, too much arguing, too much crap. Steve has been working long hours, I’ve been trying to fit in my own stuff where I can, kids are on spring break (minus the fun! spring! break! part of that), I’ve had a cold, parenting woes, and there I am having alone time in a dark part of our basement nearly in tears. Been there? Done that? I don’t find myself in that desperate a place too often, but when I do, it really sucks. So, here I am throwing it back to a sunnier, happier day in Portland the day before Easter. We love Portland for a day trip. It’s not so close that we go often, but not so far that we can’t. Nevertheless, we’re averaging a Portland trip less than once a year. Next time, as I told Steve, we should plan an overnight! So many places to check out in that sweet little city.
Ughhhh… the amount of items in my closet that I hardly touch! The number of items in my closet that haven’t been worn in literal YEARS! That I bought to go with a specific pair of pants that are no longer in style! Blahhhh. I sort of hate the whole process. Here’s my inner dialogue: Have an Instagram sale? Consign at a local store? Donate? But this still has tags on and might be worth something. And this? I haven’t worn it in years. But I really might wear it one day! And then I’ll regret getting rid of it. Round and round I go until I close my closet doors and slowly back away. Does this sound familiar?
Anders gets the most epic bedhead, and Easter morning was no exception. Sometimes when we’re cuddling at night, it tickles my face so much that I can’t really get close. Then I know it’s time for a haircut. Anyway, Easter morning! At our house. We decided not to wake the big kids as getting up at 7 am for a chocolate bunny is really not their speed anymore. So Anders and Parker went it alone…
We have some beautiful weather this weekend–80 on Sunday! The last hot Easter was at least three years ago, I think. Looking forward to some family time, and a big delicious dinner. (I think I’m doing the same food as last year; it was so good.) Nathaniel’s birthday is also on Sunday so we’re celebrating that too. And Lindsey is making an apple pie!
Some weekend reading…
Trench coats are something of a closet workhorse, I think. They sort of add the finishing, classy touch to an outfit, whether it be jeans and high tops, or a midi skirt and clogs. Evidence above and below!
I really enjoy wine but know almost nothing about it. How to describe it? What notes it has? Is it dry, is it fruity or floral? What do I serve with fish? With steak? What time of year do you drink a rosé? What is the real difference between Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon? Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay? Enter: Weekly Tasting. This is a sort of genius weekly wine offering. Four bottles of really lovely wine hand-delivered by their expert sommeliers and delivered to your door. With them come four cards that give you the perfect information about the wine and what to pair it with. No more guesswork! No more looking like a fool when you serve lukewarm rosé with steak in December. We decided to give it a try and have the perfect lunch alongside.
water! no doubt we all need more than we’re getting. my mom’s pretty certain that health begins here (and ends with no sugar–which is the devil himself if you’re her) as water is constantly cleansing your body aiming to prevent various ailments that can get you down. for about two months, i’ve been way more aware of my water intake, keeping my giant mason jar on me as i move throughout the house, or carrying water with me when i leave. i’ve sort of always done the latter, but constant sipping throughout the day isn’t something i’ve been as good at. so, here’s some of my tips, and then some of the things i’ve been adding to my water to make it pack an even greater punch.