Friday, November 30, 2012


I wanted to have a Christmas snack that was "my thing". Something I would do every year. I love this one since Hudson will be able to help me next year by unwrapping the chocolates. This recipe is only everywhere on the internet- but what is one more time going to hurt?

Add Hugs to pretzels, bake 4-6 minutes at 170 degrees. Immediately put on m&m's. Cool in the fridge for 10 min.
I've been taking my lemon oil everyday- want to prevent any colds from all of this sugar consumption and compromised immune system! 


Thursday, November 29, 2012


I love getting the mail at Christmas time because I LOVE getting Christmas cards! Sign me up for your Christmas list!

I have always had a hard time figuring out a way to display them. I don't want them to just sit around, and long ago were the days you taped them around the doorway.

Shimmer, silver, and gold are all a part of my Christmas decor... so I made these. A mixture of pinterest inspiration and my own flare.

 Waiting for those cards! I used modge podge to stick the glitter on the clothes pins.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I'll Play My Drum For You.

Do you ever feel insignificant? Do you feel like you're not talented at anything?

I struggle with this. I look at others and their gifts and feel, well, jealous. Artists, musicians, photographers, writers- Their talents make me feel mediocre. I often feel as though I don't excel at anything.

Have you ever heard the song "The Little Drummer Boy? Of course you have. But have you ever listened to it. I couldn't really stand it until I heard a version of it that I am going to share with you. It's now my favorite Christmas song.

I wish I knew the history of it- but I don't. The guy that sings this version is a phenomenal musician. His name is Aaron Gillespie. He's a drummer. I have never heard such passion before. Watch this:

Come, they told me
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
Our newborn King to see
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum

Our finest gifts we bring
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
To lay before the King
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
Rum, pa, pum, pum, rum, pa, pum, pum

So to honor Him
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
When we come

Little Baby
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum

I have no gift to bring
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
That's fit to give a King
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
Rum, pa, pum, pum, rum, pa, pum, pum

Shall I play for You
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
On my drum, on my drum

I played my drum for Him
For You honored me

Mary nodded
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum

I played my drum for Him
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
I played my best for Him
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
Rum, pa, pum, pum, rum, pa, pum, pum

Then He smiled at me
Pa, rum, pa, pum, pum
Me and my drum

When we come
Me and my drum

then He smiled at me, me and my drum.

Chills. Can't watch this without tearing up.

I give Him the only thing I have to give- a piece of who I am. I may not think of that being fit to give the King.

and He smiled at me.

He's saying I have nothing to offer you but who I am. It's for an audience of One. The only One that matters. What ever you do, do it well- It's how you were created and it's perfect.

Whenever this is a struggle, think of the Little Drummer Boy.
Mediocrity isn't even a part of the equation.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Homemade Rice Milk

Homemade Rice milk. It's great in smoothies, on cereal, and to bake with. It is also a whole lot better for you.

I came across a recipe for rice milk. Very inexpensive, easy, and more fun than buying it! Here is my version, and its so good.

1/2 c brown rice (You can use regular rice as well)
8c water + 1c cold water
1/8 tsp salt
honey to taste (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

1. Soak the rice. They recommend 2 hours in cold water
From the IPhone

2. Drain the rice. Put it in a large saucepan with the water and salt. Bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer for 3 hours. Keep the lid on the whole time!

3. After 3 hours, take the pan off the heat. While cooling, add honey, vanilla, and cinnamon. I recommend cinnamon if you are using the rice milk for baking or cereal. For smoothies and other uses, I would omit the cinnamon. Stir the mixture.

4. Once cooled a bit, empty the rice into a blender. Pour enough water to fill the blender to the max fill line. My whole batch didn't all fit in the blender. Blend until all the rice is smooth, about 2 minutes.

5. Combine rice mixture with reserved water. Add the one cup cold water (or more) if you like a thinner consistency. Refrigerate and use within a week!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I have found that becoming a mom has changed me in many different ways. One of the things I have changed in, is that I am shameless. I am an open book.

Another crazy thing about becoming a mom is all the terrible and funny things that happen to you. I have some mommy bloopers I don't want to forget, and you can either be excited or not that I am willing to share these moments with you. I hope you can laugh a little and relate if you are a mom. Good-bye dignity!

Here are a few of my embarrassing moments.

1.) I was changing Hudson's diaper when he was about a week old. I realized how bad I had to use the bathroom after I had started changing his diaper. I started doing the dance. Legs a-movin. Good thing I had my depends on, there was no way that was being held in. I peed my pants.

2.) I was nursing Hudson one time and again, realized how bad I had to use the restroom. I ran into the bathroom (still nursing) where my husband was brushing his teeth. I had to beg him to help me unbutton my pants. Nursed and went to the bathroom at the same time.

3.) Was at an outlet mall and had to use the rest room. It was dirty. I balanced Hudson with one hand and used the other for everything else. I thought I was super woman.

4.) I was nursing Hudson with a cover on at my grandma's house. She's 100. She asked me, "Can I watch?"

5.) Hudson was in my carrier while I was eating a meal in a cafeteria. I spilled chicken stir-fry all over him.

6.) The moment you knock over 6 oz of pumped milk. On my parents rug. (don't tell them!)

7.) I gave birth on the toilet.

8.) Was walking outside and got in to my cabin. Realized I had sprung a leak and just walked passed a bunch of people.

9.) I look like I have scratches from a cat on my arms and face- but really they are from my son's ever-growing fingernails

10.) One morning I was so tired I poured orange juice on my cereal. I still ate it.

11.) I watched a commercial about the life of a car. There was a 2 second clip of a couple bringing their baby home from the hospital. Hudson and the baby looked similar and had the same pacifier. I cried. My 4 month old was getting "too old".

12.) Wiggly baby + diaper change = poop smear. His feet, legs, hands, and my arms.

I would love if you would share some of your most embarrassing moments of mom-hood with me!