After over a month of earning tickets for doing good things, the boys claimed their prize yesterday. We went to the circus! The thing I liked watching the most at the circus was them. It was so fun to see them get excited over the different acts. Chalk one up for childhood memories. I remember going myself as a child when my aunt took me. I loved it.
With nursing and napping Elsa, I feel like I rarely leave the house. I'm grateful for a home I love and these two little nuggets who keep me company all day.
I'm also thankful that one is still light and little enough to hold in my arms.
And as silly as it is, I'm grateful for the cooler weather because I love wearing layers and fun jeans.
A long time ago I created my "Tutorials" page here on this blog. Well, I never really liked the way it looked because there weren't any descriptions and it's this massively long page of just pictures. So, I've decided to create an I Am Momma Hear Me Roar Pinterest page in hopes that it'll be easier to find things. There will still be pictures, but I can easily add descriptions as well.
So, if you follow me on pinterest that's why you'll start to see me pinning my own things. (Do any of you keep your tutorial page that way?) I'll try to do it bit by bit so you aren't overwhelmed. And hopefully I can get things up to date (because I haven't updated my tutorials page in over a year).
And just so you have a picture in this post, here's the lovely lady that's making me smile (and yawn) a whole lot.
If you've been following my blog for a long time, then you might remember THESE etched superhero glasses I made a long time ago. We still have them and we still use them. Even back then I used my Silhouette to cut the vinyl stencils to make the glasses. You can see the full tutorial and process HERE.
I remember quite a few of you saying it was hard to find etching cream. Well, now the Silhouette store carries it and they even have a etching starter kit you can purchase. Here's the current promo.
To take advantage of any of these deals just go HERE and you can use the code "ROAR."
And how about a giveaway? I rarely do giveaways here, but I love this machine and I get excited to be able to give one of them to one of you awesome readers. The winner will receive a Silhouette Portrait. All you have to do is leave ONE comment here. If you leave more than one please go back and delete the extra. (Open to US residents only. Sorry!)
We have lived in this home for almost five years now. There are two spaces that had never been painted. One was the hallway, which really needed some patching and a good coat of paint. (The other is the kitchen, but that will be a process of painting the walls and the cabinets and we're not there yet.)
So, I finally sucked it up and painted the hallway the other day. I'm trying to change over the beige-ish colors for grayer, whiter tones. The hall is now a super pale gray and it really brightened up the space. Now that it's painted (though honestly there's still some trimming out to do) I can hang things up. I wanted to use this wall space for the boys, to make a little organization station for them. Here it is.
It's pretty much all stuff we had, but now all in one place.
Here's where it fits in the house. Baden's room is on the left, Rex's is straight ahead, the organization wall is on the right and the bathroom is the farthest right. So the wall holds their stuff, but isn't as visible to us.
Some of you asked about our food journey and how we're doing. If you don't know what we're talking about you can go back and read these posts (1, 2, 3, 4). In a condensed form, we've tried to cut out processed foods and refined sugar while eating lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. We go light on the dairy and meat, but we don't exclude them.
So where are we at? We're still chugging along well. When we made these changes I didn't plan on making the temporarily. I didn't commit to it until I was ready to make it a life-long commitment. I have a pretty strong will. I also think it's important to note why I wanted to make these changes and what drives me to keep them. As women, it's so hard to eat right for the right reasons. It's so tempting to do things because you want to wear a certain dress size, but I think we can be more successful if we have a greater desire than that.
When we changed our food I was pregnant and weight loss wasn't a driving force. I wanted to have more energy and I wanted to see how my body would feel if I really gave it the foods it needed. I didn't expect to loose weight at the time. However, I finished the pregnancy at a lower weight than when I began it. It also made weight loss after having the baby fast, though my body really likes nursing and that helps too. I feel like I can keep up the way we eat because it makes me feel so good and I really want to take care of my body. If I want my body to do all I expect of it, I need to be good to it.
For having a baby that still doesn't sleep through the night, I feel like I have WAY more energy than I remember having with my other two babies. I also think I feel happier. It's kind of funny, but I think you can have a great confidence from eating well NOT because of the size of your clothing, but just because you are making good choices and you know it.
The boys still whine about veggies at times and ask for sugar, but I don't expect that to ever change. They are kids. We do let them have treats. We try not to restrict them too much because we don't want them to feel deprived or bitter.
So what about the food we are eating? To be honest, I feel like I go in a three week cycle. I find new things and try out recipes. I love our eating and I'm feeling great. Then after a few weeks I start to hit a wall where I'm sick of the stuff we're making and I'm hungry and I need new ideas. That's the part when I have to work a little harder to find some new options, but once I do I'm happy again. I enjoy the challenge of finding new dishes and new veggies in general, but when I need to grocery shop and I'm hungry I find that challenge to be less fun, for sure.
At the beginning of the summer I bought a bread maker. So, we're grinding our own wheat and making our own bread now. My husband still juices, but we try to do veggie juices and not a lot of fruit juices. I'm on a brussel sprout kick right now and I love homemade salsa.
This week was kind of a long one around here. Between getting over this sickness and my husband being out of town a few days, it was rough at moments. Here's a quick collage from the better moments.
1. Rex tells everyone he's a skateboarder. He's very proud of it. We headed out to the skate park so he could practice some moves. His skills aren't exactly amazing yet, but he has heart.
2. On Monday my sister was so sweet and brought over some soup to help me feel better. "I'm actually feeling quite better today," I told her. "Maybe you should tell your hair that," she quickly replied. Point taken.
3. I heart jammies and this baby. She is a really happy girl and it's contagious.
4. With Rex at school and Elsa being small enough to nap a lot, Baden and I still get lots of time together. We like that.
5. Sometimes I'll ask the boys to go talk to Elsa when she starts to fuss and I'm making dinner. I love how they crowd around her and talk in super high voices. Seeing the three of them happy together makes my heart want to burst.
6. Rex asks to hold her a lot. I love the big brother, baby sister bond.
7. Some of you have asked about our food changes and yes we're still going strong. I'll write about it this week and tell you where we're at.
8 and 9. The bumbo. Who wears it best? I can't believe Baden can still squeeze his bum into it.
Hopefully you'll be seeing a little more of me around here this week. I'm all better and my husband's home. It's going to be a good week.
Today I'm sending you on a little trip to the I Love to Create blog, where I'm showing you how I turned Rex's boring, plain shoes into shoes he now loves. It was fairly fast and super easy. No paint involved. You can find the post HERE.
Hey guys! I kind of dropped off for a few days because I got really sick. I got what Rex had and I haven't felt that lousy in a very long time. I'm still not all better, but I did finish Baden's room last week and I'll show you his finished wall tomorrow. If you follow me on instagram (mommaroars) I shared a sneak peak already. And just because sometimes a random photo is needed, here you go.
And while you're here, there's a fun promo for Silhouette supplies if you need to stock up. I recommend the silver and gold printable foil and the printable sticker paper. They make great gift tags for the holidays. The stamp kit is currently sold out. It was a big hit. Anyhow, if you need to load up on stuff it's 25% off if you use the code "ROAR."
Alright, I'll see you tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.
There are a few things I've been making to put on Baden's wall in his Surf Shack room. Here's a sign I just finished. Since Baden is kind of my shy guy, I thought "Be Brave" would be a good theme for him and it fits the whole surfing theme as well.
I went to the Depot and purchased a 2'x4' sheet of plywood. I had them cut it in half for me (so I can make 2 signs). So the sign is pretty big - 2'x2'.
I started by cutting out vinyl letters. I also drew in a sun by tracing a plate.
I penciled in a wave shape for the ocean. I had some leftover paint from his bed and some yellow paint leftover from a project in the family room.
While I didn't blog here over the summer, I did still do a few posts for the I Love to Create Blog. I'll be sending you over there on occasion to check them out on days I don't have something new here.
I have been wanting to sew little Ugg-like boots for Elsa, but then I found some so cheap I decided it would be ridiculous to try and make some for that price. So, I picked them up and embellished them a bit to. Click on the picture to head over to the tutorial.
.....and a lot of sweat and clever thinking from grandpa....
...and a lot of painting at heights that make me nervous....
....and a lot of asking if it was almost done.....
.....the Surf Shack bed is complete. Today I'm going to show you a picture heavy post about the bed. The bed is the biggest and by far the coolest feature of Baden's new room. I don't have any bed plans to share, but as you can see above, all the beds my dad has built us consist of a frame of 2x4s which are attached to the studs with giant lag screws. I'm sorry I won't be able to provide any more info than that.
So, here we go. As you enter the room this is what you see. After debating whether to make the room a tree fort or a surf shack, Baden picked the surf shack.
First of all, thank you SO MUCH for your warm welcome back. I missed interacting with all of you this summer and it's so fun to hear from you again! Thank you for your comments and for not forgetting about me :)
I am thankful for bows and this little girl to put them on. Elsa is so sweet and I love the impact she's already having in our home. The boys are loving her more each week and she sure makes me happy.
I'm also grateful for the way Baden has been coming out of his shell. He's loving preschool this year, when only last year it was really hard for him to go without tears a lot of the time. He's growing up and I'm really proud of him.
And lastly, I'm thankful for medicine and doctors this week. Poor Rex had a massive ear infection and probably strep as well. The doctor said his eardrum might burst it looked so bad. He was a real trooper through it though and he's on the way up.
I'm so excited about autumn being on the way. It's my favorite time of year. Yay! I can't wait to wear boots and sweaters and plan Halloween costumes.
This week I'll be showing you Baden's room as I finish it up. See you tomorrow. Thanks for reading.
I thought I'd share with you what I've been doing to track Elsa's growth. I saw THIS on pinterest a long time ago (but I couldn't find the original source) and I thought it would be really fun to do with Elsa. So here she is at a few days old, one month, two months, and yesterday at three months.
I also had to try out this idea, though mine didn't turn out as good as THIS original.
Have you done anything fun to chart your child's growth? I'd love to hear about it.
Next week I'll have a lot to show you in Baden's room. I'm just putting the final touches on everything. Thanks for dropping in.
I think the thing I like the most about the Silhouette company is how innovative they are. The Silhouette is a cutting machine, but their product line is so big now that it amazes me. The newest addition? It makes STAMPS! No joke.
At the end of the post (after I show you how the whole stamp thing works) there's a great promo. So first off, here are a few things I made to test the stamp-making out.
I made a thank you card. It's great to have a "thank you" stamp for those times when you need a quick card for someone.
I thought it would be fun to use the stamps to make place cards for a dinner.
I also thought it would be fun to make little notecards to have on hand.
And I made a fish stamp and decorated a lunch bag with it. School. Get it? Oh good. Glad I didn't have to explain that :)
Hey guys! I'm back. It's September already - which is pretty hard to believe. However, in a way it seems like I've been gone from blogland forever. I really missed you! And I thought I'd do a giant recap on what we've been up to this summer.
When I stopped blogging in June I said I wasn't sure if I'd be back or not. Well, my plan as of right now is to come back BUT not in full force. I will still have a few posts a week, but not everyday. I'm going to try and be chill about it....even though that's not in my nature :)
So, in my last post I showed you a few pictures of the little lady. Here she is at about a week old.
I always love seeing how small babies look in their cribs at first.
Here's a "real life" picture at 2 weeks. Elsa was pretty fussy for the first couple of months, but she's mellowed out a lot in the last few weeks.