Thursday, August 21, 2014

California Trip-Part 2

While we were in California most of my mom's side of the family all met at the beach. It turned out to be mostly rainy and very cool but we had plenty of coverings, jackets, and food so we still had a great time. And in between the rain we enjoyed the beach!

I have an overload of pictures to share so I'll keep the words short!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Treasure Find Tuesday: Four DIY Household Cleaners

Have you jumped on the DIY Household Cleaner bandwagon yet? 

I have and I'm in love. Yes, there is the appeal that there are a lot less harmful and harsh chemicals floating around our cleaning cabinet now, and I like that. 

But I really like it because it's so cost effective! Whenever I search for a cleaner on Pinterest I usually have the ingredients on hand. And let me just ask this-what doesn't vinegar fix? It's used for EVERYTHING. It's nice when I run low on a cleaner I'm not having to add it the grocery list, trying to remember to pick it up while I'm out, and realizing that I forgot it at the moment I need it. 

Right now I'm only using these four homemade products but I hope to add some more to my routine. 

You can find a variety of spray bottles in different stores. This bottle I found at Walmart for a dollar. It holds plenty but feels thin so I'll have to swap it out soon. 

I love this cleaner! The cornstarch in there was shocking to me but it really does work! 

I don't have the essential oils this blogger uses but it still works really well without it.

I bought this bottle from Bed Bath and Beyond for $5 and it's my favorite so far. The size holds a lot and it's very sturdy. 

DIY Laundry Detergent

This recipe was given to me from friends at church and I'm not sure of the original source. We love the switch we made--our clothes smell so much cleaner, they are coming out cleaner and this stuff lasts forever!

1 bar Fels-Naptha soap, grated (small grate) 
1/2 bar White Zoat soap, grated (large grate)
4 scoops Oxiclean (all scoops mentioned here are using the scoop from the Oxiclean box)
4 scoops Borax
4 scoops Washing Soda
3 scoops Purex Crystals

I use a baby formula scoop--for normal loads I use anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 scoops of detergent and larger loads get 2 scoops. I have an HE washer and this works just fine. 

I also got this recipe from church but I found it online for you to reference. This blogger uses sponges but I use thin rags (about 18 per batch).

I don't worry if the rags are completely saturated, I haven't found that necessary. I do wash these after they've been used and resaturated 3 times. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Tapas Night!

In our house we love tapas--it's fun to say and even more fun to eat!

Check out why I love them so much and find one of my favorite tapas recipes over on the Dainty Jewell's Blog.

And don't miss it--pretty soon I'll be sharing a couple more tapas that we love eating over here.

Tapas Night and Citrus Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Friday, August 15, 2014

California Trip-Part 1

We recently took an unexpected trip to California for my Papa's funeral.

Since both of my parent's families live close to each other we were going to spend time with each side of the family. I haven't been to California in ten years and Tyler has not met about 80 percent of my family so this trip was a like a small reunion.

I think everyone in the family said at least a dozen times, "This was an unfortunate event, but we were so glad to see everyone." And it's true, yes, my Papa's passing was sad and heartbreaking, but being with family again was wonderful.

My mom, dad, sister, and brother-in-law all got on the same flights and that made the day of travelling fun. Of course, Co had a blast on the flights again since he has become a pro at flying and Patch did great even though he just wanted to get on the ground and move.

After we arrived we met my dad's family at a restaurant for some time together before the funeral the next morning. My brother and sister-in-law from Hawaii also met us there and it was nice for everyone to see each other. We took a ton of family pictures because the last time all of the cousins were together at the same time was back in the 1990's (writing that as if that's a historical, centuries ago, old-time thing made me feel a little old) and now we're all grown, married, and are all having kids.

The next morning was Papa's funeral and it was a bittersweet day. He lived a wonderful life so the memories that were shared were happy, celebratory, and funny. We cried a lot but we also laughed and anyone who knew my Papa knew that he would've wanted laughter at his funeral.

We stopped by his home afterwards and picked up a few things for us to remember him by and looked at pictures and shared memories while we were there.

The days following the funeral were planned out to be fun days--we needed to make memories of this trip that were happy as a family.

I'll write about those soon enough, but just to give a small peek--we did go to the beach, Seaport Village, and even Legoland!

But until those posts, I want to end this one with something we have said over the past few weeks and I don't mind saying it again:

Papa, you were a kind, generous, and loving grandfather and those who will never meet you will be lacking in their lives. But those of us who did will have your footprints on our hearts forever. You will be missed.

Co with one of Papa's hats. Co calls him "Great Papa" and it's the sweetest thing ever when he
wears that hat. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Living Without a Scale

Right now our home does not have a scale. For some of you all that might be totally normal, but for me it's a huge adjustment. We haven't had a scale for at least 2 months now and I used to step on one every single day. Talk about a habit to break!

I would love to say I've had this coming-to-Jesus moment where I realized I don't need a scale and I'm a girl living freely, not tied to numbers, but really it's because I'm too cheap. That's right, it died and I don't want to spend the money on a new one. It's the scale we got when we got married so it was fairly nice and I want something similar (apparently all of out appliances last 6 years, along with our scale our crock pot and iron stopped working and our toaster is on it's last leg. Can I have a 6 year shower so we can replace our appliances?).

A few months back I was documenting my postpartum weight loss journey (and here, and here). I struggled with the numbers and I worked really hard to get those numbers down to where I wanted them. I got it down and was happy but then I relaxed and woke up one day and realized I gain weight back. And I'm not talking one or two pounds but I can't tell you the exact amount because I don't have a scale! So how did I know I gained weight? Well, my clothes stopped fitting.

Everyday I wake up and the only way I know if I'm eating better, working out enough, becoming healthier is by how my body looks. This isn't always the easiest thing but it makes me try harder-I push harder in my workouts, I eat less at meal times and I choose healthier options because I won't be able to tell if I've lost a 5 ounces or not.

While it's difficult to live without the scale I've also noticed that I'm more concerned about my body shape rather than a number. I look for muscle definitions, toning in my arms, and one day hopefully soon, I'll see that line in my abs.

I will buy a scale again, I can't imagine not having one forever, but for now I like that not having one has encouraged me to workout for strength and tone rather than working out for just weight loss. Because I'll be honest, when I'm wiping the table off and I glance in the mirror and see a muscle forming in my arm, my self esteem boosts. When I put on heels and my calf muscle looks like I'm spending time running, then my body image improves. And when I look forward to my workout time because it has become more about healthy options rather than a method to losing weight, then I know that being scaleless is the best option for me today.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Treasure Find Tuesday

Image courtesy of Pong /


Did you know there was a correct way to wash your face? I sure didn't! Health Central has 7 steps to wash your face correctly. 
The Right Way to Wash Your 7 Easy Steps


This blogger wrote a letter to those thinking about kids. She exposes some crazy truths that'll make you laugh (and even freak out a bit) but ends the letter by reminding us all why we love parenting. 


I really do try most of the week to look decent, but to be honest, this girl would just love to be in comfy clothes. This hoodie is so crazy cute--and it looks comfy! I NEED this in my closet (yes need, not want, I totally know the difference). I love it in grey (is it bad that grey is my favorite clothing color??).
Latest Casual Split Joint Slim Cotton Hoodie


My dream kitchen would definitely have these greenish colored cabinets (I have no idea what the name really is, go to the link and tell me the actual color please!). 

What a BEAUTIFUL Kitchen


We love popcorn around here and this DIY Movie Popcorn Bar would be too much fun!
DIY Movie Night Popcorn Bar


I've been really focusing on working out this month and love these post workout snack ideas!

Low-Calorie Post Workout Snacks


Co loves loves LOVES music of all kinds and while we have a few real instruments at home it would be fun to make some of our own too!
10+ Homemade Musical Instruments 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Portion Control--You Can Still Eat Really Good Food!

Image courtesy of Grant Cochrane /

Over on the Dainty Jewell's blog I wrote about control. Portion control. It's definitely not always fun but it's what lets me cook, have fun with food and not be too wrapped up with crazy dieting. 

What are some tips you have for controlling what you eat?