Friday, February 5, 2016

this is my confession...

We moved last weekend! And I have to be honest with you, moving 100% brings out the worst in me. I still feel disorganized and sort of stressed, but we LOVE the house. And I can't wait to share some photographs with you, hopefully in the next week or two. In the meantime, it's been a busy week at work so I'll just leave you with this one thing.

I am sort of ashamed to admit this because I used to think that Justin Bieber was literally one of the most annoying human beings ever to walk the face of the earth. But for some reason I am finding myself liking?....maybe even loving??.....ALL of his new songs??? If you're wondering -- I am using too many question marks here because I'm still a little puzzled by this revelation. But go ahead and play What Do You Mean, Sorry and Love Yourself over and over again because I'll gladly listen and probably get up and dance and then use the line "my mama don't like you, and she likes everyone" on you if you make me mad.

Thanks, Justin. I think?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Insta-Wednesday: Household Essential

[I am not always the neatest of people (just check out the inside of my car; I am seriously ashamed), but when it comes to my kitchen I like to keep things clean. And since we recently moved (more on that in the future), I decided to re-create a cleaning situation I saw on LoveTaza once -- stacking some of my essentials on a cake stand by the sink. Included here are three products I love -- Nature's Promise liquid dish detergent, method hand soap and honest multi-surface cleaner -- along with some dried billyballs from our wedding to brighten things up.] xoCarrie

Every home needs a good kitchen table and I have always loved ours. When we bought our first home back in 2010, we needed something a little bigger than our tiny apartment table, so actually found this one in my mother-in-law's garage. Made by hand by Will's step-dad many years ago, we've had to shore it up in places and a few years ago we bought new chairs. But it has been the perfect place not only to eat, but to color, do homework, drink coffee with friends, play playdough, study, set off volcano erruptions, cool cookies, and everything else a family does at a kitchen table.

When we moved into our new house back in September, my mom brought us our little desk organizer as a house warming gift.  She had filled it with all the essentials: scissors, pens and pencils, note cards, sticky notes, 3x5 cards, stamps and paper clips.  It has been the perfect addition to our desk and a huge help in keeping everything organized!

Monday, February 1, 2016

according to Instagram

Hey hey, it's Monday! Hope you're ready for a new week! I'm ready and excited to get some stuff done over the next few days before Will and I head out on our own for the weekend. We rented a little cabin a couple hours from here and can't wait to enjoy a relaxing weekend together. I'll be sharing more about that next week, but for now, I thought I'd show you a little of what we've been up to lately, according to Instagram...

We had a ton of fun celebrating Christmas with cousins this year, and I was able to snap this quick photo before everyone scattered off to play.

Annabel has been getting a little more creative with her drawing lately. Here she is drawing a pig with a really long curly tail in her cousin pen-pal letter to Sommer.

Will and I have been married for 11.5 years now and although we have technically been "one" for as many years, I've noticed over the past 3 or 4 that we are truly turning into one person. We sometimes say the exact same thing at the exact same time, get the same songs stuck in our heads, make the same jokes, and now, apparently, we dress exactly alike, too. The photo above was not a set-up. I was downstairs getting breakfast ready, and my husband walked down the steps wearing the exact same outfit as me. Weird and hilarious. Love him.

I'm actually planning an entire post around this sweater because ohmygoshImadeanadultsizedsweater! and there is much more to say about it. Like how I had to rip out an entire section and redo it shortly after taking this photo. It was a rookie mistake, but nevermind I'll tell you about it later. The important thing is this:  I knit myself a wool sweater, broke it, had a little meltdown, fixed it again, and now it's 65 degrees and the last thing I want to wear is a wool sweater. (Side note: what is up with this weather?!)

The really fun thing about my sweater is that it's basically just like the one I knit for Annabel. It's by the same designer (Carrie Bostick Hoge) and they are almost identical in construction besides the addition of pockets and only one button (on mine, although if I make another one of these (and I plan to), I'll add 5 or 6 buttons instead of only 1). Hopefully we'll get to wear our almost-matching sweaters again this winter...or maybe I'll have to knit us matching cotton sun dresses.

This isn't an instagram photo but I'm adding it here anyway. Tommy recently joined a local cub scout troup and had his first big event this past Saturday: the Derby Car Race! It was a ton of fun to watch the cars that the kids had made and although Tommy's car didn't do so well, he had a great time working on it over the last few weeks and loved spending time with his friends! 

That's a little look at what we've been up to lately! Have a great week!

Friday, January 29, 2016

to a healthy 2016

We started 2016 off with colds, coughs, and the like all around.  Matt was the last to catch it and is finally just now getting over it.  Yuck.  I hate being sick and I hate seeing my people sick.  I am working really hard to keep us as healthy as possible for the rest of the year.  
 My mom gave us an essential oil diffuser for Christmas and it is my first go to when we start feeling bad.  I diffused Thieves and RC in my bedroom for a couple nights when I first got sick and I'm pretty sure it helped me to kick my nasty cough much quicker than I would have on my own.  I love the diffuser for everyday use as well just to make our house smell good. 
 Like I mentioned on Wednesday, I've been reaching for grapefruits quite a bit lately.  That extra boost of vitamin C every morning makes me feel like I can fight off those nasty germs a little better.

 More fruits and veggies - always a good way to eat but I truly feel better when I really make an effort to add more fresh stuff into my diet.  We picked up some delicious pink lady apples at the farmers market a couple weeks ago.

 We are also going back to our old staple - smoothies.  Particularly the green variety.  I am trying to convince Matt that THIS Ninja Professional Blender would make it so much easier to make daily smoothies a reality but he's not buying it.

And, if we do end up catching another cold or two this year, my plan to get us back to health is soup, soup, soup.  My awesome mom also gave us a dutch oven for Christmas and I love using it!  It is the perfect addition to our kitchen and my go-to pot for hearty, warm soups on cold nights.
Do you have any tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Insta-Wednesday: Recent Snack Solution

[This past Sunday I was wandering around the Natural & Organic section at GIANT and impulse-bought these (NEW!) Woodstock Mini Me's. They have all the buzz-words you could ever want (USDA Organic, Non-GMO, gluten free) and appealed to me because they kind of looked like a cross between a wafer cookie and a rice cake. Now that I'm reading the back of the package (as I'm writing this, actually) I am relatively certain they're meant for young children, but they are good all the same!] xoCarrie

I have recently become obsessed with grapefruits.  I can not seem to get enough of their tangy deliciousness and for a while was eating them as often as I could.  They are so refreshing and make me feel like I am in a tropical place rather than bundled up and buried under 3 ft of snow!
xo Dana

 Although it's pretty difficult to find convienence foods that fit my diet, these are so close to being perfect. With just a little bit of wheat-free soy sauce, they are otherwise free of all the usual cracker suspects: wheat, dairy, corn, and oddly enough, brown sugar. They're not salty enough for my taste but regardless, they're great with guacamole or spicy hummus pretty much any time of day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Snowmageddon Part 2

Just like Virginia; we got hit hard with snow this weekend in Eastern PA.  On Friday, our news stations only calling for 6-12 inches of snow but when we woke up on Saturday morning it became very clear that we were in for much more than they were predicting.  In Easton we ended up with almost 32 inches!  Crazy.  We have had tons of fun with the snow and have enjoyed 2 extra days with Matt home. 
This was our first big snow in our new house which is on a decent hill with no driveway. It was so awesome to see how our neighborhood came together during our big dig out on Sunday.  Everyone helped to get all the cars out and then we all pitched in to get a lot of the road plowed so that we can easily park.  It is so encouraging to see how people come together to help each other!
A few pictures of our fun if you'd like to see...

 {this little one has been waiting so patiently for snow this year.  when she woke up Saturday morning, it was like Christmas morning all over again.}

 {Matt's car was completely covered!}

{best way to spend a snowy evening - making & eating potato soup!}
 {& following the soup up with snow ice cream}



Monday, January 25, 2016


Like most of the rest of the east coast, central Virginia got hammered with at least a foot of snow over the weekend. It's like a dream come true! I love snow and everything that comes with it so I couldn't be happier. The kids are, of course, out of school today and probably tomorrow. Will and I just shoveled the entire driveway (that's gonna hurt tomorrow), we have a perfect sledding hill down to the creek behind our house, we have plenty of tea and hot chocolate. I'd say we're all set for staying home for as long as we need to stay home.

Warm wishes to you this week, my friends!