Books I Can’t Put Down๐Ÿ“š

Books I Can’t Put Down๐Ÿ“š

The Home Edit is myyyyyyy favorite! Best coffee table book ever. You wanna get inspired?! Take a peak in there and then get to “editing” and organizing! I loved organizing by color, but they really know how to aesthetically please the eye! And “it’s a system!” So everything should have a space, easy to find/put away, and really work with the flow of the household chaos. ๐ŸŒˆ Easier said than done, but! Once it is done – LIFE. CHANGING!

Where The Crawdads Sing is the most beautiful, thrilling book I’ve read in a while! It’s a coming of age, love story, murder mystery๐Ÿ˜. This girl, Kya, has endured so much throughout her childhood, and evolves into a lady, all by her lonesome (I couldn’t even imagine! This girl is seriously badass!) . It’s a book I literally can’t put down. If you’ve been out of the reading game for a while, and need a good book to pull you back in to it, this one is your winner! I promise you, you will not regret a single. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ page. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜

1-2-3 Magic has been a GOD SEND to our household! Because toddlers/kids are HARD! And if you’re anything like me, you want to break the cycle of how you were raised, and parent more calmly, effectively, and happily (like the cover explains ๐Ÿ˜œ ). But this book honestly gave me the mental tools to deal with tantrums and attitudes, and when I feel myself going in circles with them (because sometimes I want to give them a chance, and this book allows 3 chances, but I catch myself not keeping up with it sometimes… my husband on the other hand is a fucking ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ champ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ at using the 123 Magic method and reminds me to just count and stick to it, rather than drive myself crazy๐Ÿคช (God I love him!๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿฅฐ) and I gotta say, the method fucking works๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ! Worth a shot if you find yourself spiraling with the kiddos! Just try not to forget to count ’em like me, and it’s smooth sailing (promise! It’s worth the read! So incredibly helpful!)!

Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

The title says it all folks. I’ve enrolled us (gotta love parent participation ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜’) in swim lessons. Parker is 5 and we’ve been meaning to sign her up last yr but, life ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผ so we’re finally doing it! And figured why not do classes for Marley too. She turn’s 2 in July, and “they say” the earlier, the better, right?!

Right ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ(let’s get it straight before people say they love/hate parent participation classes ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผthis ain’t my first rodeo. I have done yearsss of parent participation classes ๐Ÿ˜‚Marley and I even do a parent participation gymnastics class on Tuesdays right now, while P is in her big girl class ๐Ÿ˜ŠBut swimming sucks because I have to shave, wear a bathing suit, get in the water (not that I hate water but it’s been way cooler than usual in Roseville, CA and its cold in the dang pool!), and then encourage my child ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ that is cold ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ as well ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ lol. So it’s just sometimes rough๐Ÿ˜ณ, but fun at times๐Ÿ˜Ž, and actually really rad to see the growth, and experience it so closely with them. But girrrrrrl ๐Ÿ˜ถshits cold, shaving sucks, and it was every day last week ๐Ÿ˜3 more classes left! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸผI’m done!

My sweet Parker girl has never loved getting her eyes wet (even closed, I mean of course eyes are closed in water lol, but I’m just saying water on the eyes in any way, is torture to this kid๐Ÿ˜ณ), getting splashed in a pool, splash pads are a forbidden for her๐Ÿšซ, and she will bawl her eyes out when any of these events happens๐Ÿ˜ญ. Life ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™ˆyay. So when daddy and I mentioned we’re starting lessons.. and then the actual day comes and we start lessons ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

The girl was devastated. A complete, terrified, wreck. And I am a total sap for fear. And something really frightening you. And getting past it. And my husband and I are all for not emotionally damaging our child๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ. We related. We explained. We showed examples. Heck, I even scheduled the classes to where Parker watches Marley and I go first. And then we watch big sister when we’re done!

That first day was the hardest.

Marley was so/so the first day. It was SO hot! So she had no problem just getting acquainted with the water. But when it came time to try to blow bubbles in the water.. she was not a fan. But with a few distractions has always come around in class and ends up enjoying it. No worries๐Ÿ™ˆ, mama is just dealing with emotions left and right from these girls, it just takes time for them to come around ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

Today was day 5 (it’s felt like we’ve been doing this for a month now lol). And BOTH๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ. GIRLS๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ. Not only got through the class with no tears, but made leaps and bounds! ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ

We may have told P after that first rough day, that if she could be brave and get her face wet without any tears, she could pick out a small toy๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผ.. a little something to give her the drive to actually want to try (instead of crying and being a complete wreck every time her face got wet๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ญ) so she can get a toy๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผ. And ever since we made that negotiation

She has been a complete champ!

No shame. I don’t consider that bribing. I consider that facing her fear, and rewarding her for succeeding at it!

And ever since getting her face in the water, and overcoming that huge step, she really likes swim lessons (hallelujah!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ)! And now we have a 2 day break over the weekend and she’s ready for more! I told her we still luckily have 3 more classes next week, and are you ready for it?! She said: “that’s it?! I want to swim every day like we’ve been doing!” So.. I might sign her up again?! ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผwe’ll see if it works out to get another 2 weeks in before our camping trip in Augustโ˜บ๏ธBut Marley and I.. I think we’ll stick to just this round of classes for the summer ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผ

I just love that my husband and I are so sensitive to their little soles. And so on the same page in life. I think it’s really important to talk about feelings so that we’re able to feel strong and confident in hard/unknown situations and know that you’re feelings matter. We’re here to guide you. You can always talk to us. And if you’re ever uncomfortable with something please let us know. But swimming is something almost everyone does. And I promise you, you want in on swimming fun for the rest of your life with confidence that you wont drown. Point blank ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผ

I feel like I’m ranting on now and should let you go lol

So! I hope you all are having a great summer! And to sum up this post…

I’m almost positive my kids enjoy water now. Bath time is now shower time ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ I’ve reached a new milestone and baths are only at will now lol P has been able to shower now for a while and Marley LOVES showers now.

Our water journey shall continue!

How is your summer going?! Can anyone relate to going to swim lessons with your kiddos? Did they hate water? How do you overcome hard situations with your children? Let’s chat about it! I’d love to hear from ya’all!๐Ÿ˜Š

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

I had SO many zucchinis left over from the week that I never ended up using with our dinners (mom fail. I just wasnโ€™t in a zucchini mood!๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผ). So when I saw that one was starting to look sad and growing a little fuz๐Ÿ˜ฌ (eeek๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผ) I figured Iโ€™d better use up the other 4 before they start too (I hate wasting food and rarely do, just sometimes shit happens, ya know?!๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ).

When Iโ€™m on the hunt for a recipe, I resort to All Recipes, because I feel like itโ€™s just easier and faster to find a specific recipe on this site. Pinterest is absolutely amazing too, but I get way too side tracked with some things that are totally left field ๐Ÿ™ˆ(clothing, nails, furniture, crafts, I mean… I was just looking for a tuna casserole recipe ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผbut shit is too catchy these days! I’m so guilty ๐Ÿ™ˆ Pinterest is an addiction ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™Š). So on that noteโ€ฆ

I found a freaking delicious recipe. Quickly,๐Ÿ˜‚on All Recipes .

The only things I changed were:

  • Used vinegar, instead of lemon juice (just 1/2 a tablespoon)
  • Unsweetened vanilla coconut milk, instead of normal milk
  • Canola oil, instead of vegetable (all I had on hand๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿผ)
  • Added nutmeg (because we looove nutmeg in this household!)

So! Pop on over to All Recipes right here! And make these! I promise๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ to never ever post a recipe unless itโ€™s family approved๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ lol so trust me, when I say, these are legit yumminess๐Ÿ‘…. And  vegetables are snuck in๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ (these girls only like broccoli๐Ÿ˜, so when I can get another vegetable a chance๐Ÿ˜‚, I feel vindicated!)! It felt so good watching those cuties demolish them!๐Ÿ˜Š

Join 94 other followers