I choose love

Parenting is hard in so many ways. The sleepless nights that last longer than you wish they would, dealing with a screaming toddler at the grocery store, throwing of foods, hitting phases (it’s a phase, right?), poop getting everywhere, the unexplainable laundry piles that appear basically right when your child is born, judgement from other parents and the general feeling of not knowing what you’re doing half the time. There are a lot of things that are hard, but I think one of the hardest, and most important, is raising a good kid. A kid that has (some what) good manners, seeks God, is happy, confident, smart, kind and most of all loves them self.


Kids are so impressionable. Hunter is at that stage where he repeats everything, so you better watch what you say and do. He also takes in our feelings and can totally sense when something is off. I feel like both my mood and Jacob’s is reflected in him.


Zoe is still super young, but I find it even more important for me to be a good role model to her. She’ll be looking up to me to see how she should treat others, deal with stressful situations and how she should think about herself. I want so badly to instill a sense of self love for herself. That she thinks about herself in a positive way, that she believes in herself and has confidence. That she looks at herself in the mirror and instead of looking for flaws, she sees her beauty on the inside and outside.


But that all starts with me. So I’m going to choose love. I choose to love myself in my strengths and weakness. I choose to love myself when I’m stressed out and feeling like everything is going wrong. I choose to love myself when I’m tired and my pants don’t fit and on the inside I’m bummed about it. And I choose to thank God for all of it, because he had blessed me and given me the strength to make that choice. The choice for love.

Who was your role model growing up?



life lately

Summertime is one of my favorite times. The weather is perfect for outside activities, there are so many things to do, produce is at its peak, we BBQ and spend evenings outdoors instead of in front of the tv… it’s just full of so much awesomeness. I have a tough time sitting still at the computer. In fact as I write this on my phone I’m sitting outside Hunter’s door with it cracked open making sure he doesn’t get out of bed. #napwarsdrama

Once he’s all calm and sleepy it’s a shower and working on things around the house. When summer activities and get togethers pick up, house organization and tidiness goes down. Like I said in the last healthy on $75 post, it will continue on through July and until I share all I want to. Over these next few months I foresee short quick posts. Foods I’ve been making, life lately and kiddo update posts. Who knows, maybe they’ll be more frequent if they’re shorter. Pictures are worth a thousand words right? ;)

Here’s a glimpse at our life lately.

Berry picking – we’ve gone strawberry picking twice and raspberry picking once and I hope to do more raspberry and blueberry picking as well before the seasons end. It’s fun for Hunter and makes berries so crazy adorable.  Plus then I can do some canning!


Garden harvesting – this is my first year of successful gardening. I’ve harvested peas, kale, swiss chard and green onions. In a day or two I’ll have my first grape tomatoes and zucchini to harvest too!

Hunter loves helping in the garden. :)


Friends – lots of get together. Weekends are packed with fun filled times with friends, yummy food and lots of crazy kids.

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Sewing projects. My latest few include this 4th of July romper and headband for Zoe…


This sa-weet tank top for my hubba hubba hubs…


And a pretty pinnafore for my neice.


I also have a tank top in the works for me this week and so many projects planned in my mind.  Can we please have about 10 more hours in the day?

Play – when it’s not too scorching hot we get outside.


Hunter and Zoe both love being outside. I’ve been doing more walks with them, we’ve been enjoying the yard and everything outside. Zoe doesn’t love carriers, but she does like her car seat which fits into the jogging stroller so my new way of walking with them is her in the stroller and Hunter in the carrier. They both love it, I get more Hunter snuggles and the walk is an actual workout too lugging the 2 year old on me.


Our Fourth of July was pretty mellow. Not much firework watching and the kiddos thankfully slept through all the noise.

How was your 4th? What’s life like lately?



Hunter: 2 years

These are a few of my favorite things.


Cuddly hugs when Hunter wakes in the morning. Needing a mommy kiss to make an owie better. The way he says diaper (dowper). The way he’ll mimic our awesome English accents. How he loves his baby sister. The kisses and hugs he gives her are the cutest. His sweetness. Although he likes to take, he loves to share and does it in such a kind way. He’ll randomly ask for a cookie out of nowhere.


How he fixes things with his tools and proudly says “screw this daddy” – of course referring to his screw driver. His cute belly. How he imitates me when I’m pumping by grabbing a funnel and pulling up his shirt. Wanting to do things by himself, even when he struggles with it.  Watching him read books.


How he blows bubbles into water. Being fearless but cautionary at the same time. Swimming in the bathtub. How he brushes his 10 pearly whites, and then wants to suck all the water off his tooth brush. How all he truly needs during a tantrum is a change of scenery and love. Lots of love.  The joy he gets from jumping, falling down on purpose and telling us he’s instantly okay, just to do it all over again.


Letting me sing my favorite bedtime childhood song to him while rubbing his back before bed. How he sings and knows the sound of music ‘doe a deer’ song. The way he punches the air when we’re practicing combat. How he prays at dinner. How he is always thankful for all the people in his life during his bedtime prayers.


The obsession with having his nails trimmed. The joy he gets from his big boy bed.  The uncontrollable laughs he gets, the snuggly times on the couch together and tearful times too.


All my favorites. I just want to bottle them up and never let them go. These two years have been the best and I know they’ll get even better and better, although it’s hard to imagine.  My mommy heart is so full.

I love you Hunter, happy (very) belated birthday!