01// this trusty ipod dock and the music that streams from it. music is a game-changer for me. with great music, even cleaning the kitchen is, dare i say it, actually fun. as soon as i wake up, music goes on, and it pretty much goes nonstop throughout the day though the type changes. we start with louis armstrong or thomas newman or classical and we end the day, almost always, with motown. think itty bitty pretty thing, anything stevie wonder, or michael jackson. it is good stuff. dance parties on the reg.
02// playing around with the doterra oils i purchased last month (that links you to the doterra website under my account; when i ordered my set, i got an account, so fyi: it will give me some "points" if you order, or at least i think that's how it works!). i've used them nearly every day but have been reticent to talk about them until i saw the evidence, i guess? i've seriously enjoyed using them so i'll start to share piecemeal as i go. on the left: hand sanitizer (sans some of the not-so-great stuff found in other ones). this is water, a few drops of vitamin e, and about 15 drops of onGuard. and on the right: homemade diaper cream. get a glass jar (or baby food jar as seen here) and just slightly warm up organic coconut oil by putting about an inch of water in the pan and placing the jar with coconut oil in the pan (double broiler style) on low. it takes no time at all to turn. once the oil is cool but still liquid, add 15 drops of lavender oil and about 5 drops of melaleuca (aka tea tree). replace the lid and shake. we've never really had a "diaper rash problem" but i do like this. if you decide to make your own, be sure to use glass jars. essential oils shouldn't be stored in plastic. (find glass spray bottles here.) keep in mind, at warm temps, coconut oil becomes liquid again! since we're in the middle of winter, we don't have this problem. :-\
03// ina's blueberry coffee cake muffins. if i'm browsing for a flour-based recipe--pancakes, cake, bread, muffins--and i come across one that calls for a substantial dairy portion, it'll always be the one i choose. this one calls for a pretty decent portion of sour cream and it makes all the difference. moist. not too cakey. not too sweet (though i did decrease the sugar by about half a cup). if you don't typically have sour cream on hand, i think plain yogurt would do just fine.
04// these two colors: meet me at sunset + turquoise and caicos. i keep going for these over the winter colors and it can only mean one thing: move aside, winter. (in related news: we all have a snow day today.)
05// when the kids get crafty. i love seeing them sit and use paints and crayons and pencils over staring at a computer or tv screen. i suppose we're all this way, but sometimes i think i'm this way on overdrive. we fought the "technology fight" big time with the two older boys, so i suppose i'm always waiting (and fearing!) it with william and lindsey. anyway, she'll sit for a good long while with a book or a craft. i love it. i also just bought this the other day and i'm trying to put a sheet of it, some paints or crayons, some scrap paper, these scissors (toddler-approved and they spring back open by themselves!) and some glue (not necessarily all at once) out on the counter for times when imagination's running low. parker sits at the counter and traces his hand over and over. (as i write this, parker is currently watching cars. so, you know.)
what are you enjoying lately?