The Accidental Garden

It’s nearly 7pm here. Sam is putting a bonfire together in our fire pit. Bella is playing on the grass with all her stuffed dragons around her. I finished a paper on how to interpret Bible verses for one of my two classes that ended today – and this past Monday I started my final two that run until end of August. I’m taking Theology and Pysch 305 – and whew. Both of them are tough just one week in.

We’re getting ready for s’mores here. We were supposed to have them last night, but it rained so hard it even canceled the fireworks on post. We didn’t go, but our neighbors decided 10:45pm was an ideal time to set theirs off – so in the end we still got a (rather surprising) show. Our storms are no joke here, the weather is so intense when it hits, and with desert landscaping water often has nowhere to go, this causes the flash floods we get constant warnings for.

All three of us love it though – the sudden severe weather.

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Chomping Down on Goldfish® Crackers

Between the three of us, we’ve eaten so many Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers over the years that I’m sure someone at Pepperidge Farm has a new car on us. Sam and Bella love them, and they seem to be the perfect snack for nearly any situation – especially something quick on a car trip. Bella attends an hourly class on our military post a few days a week, and by the time we get out the door, we’ve usually missed their morning snack. They have an early lunch, but this doesn’t seem to help much when she decides she’s hungry. I’ve started packing a snack for her, both something that will help for on the way there, and last until I pick her up in the early afternoon and she’s hungry again. Goldfish crackers for the win. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas for Kids Most of you know she adores (ADORES) dinosaurs. Everything she has is somehow worked into a dinosaur or for a dinosaur. Pottery Barn dollhouse? Dinosaur romping spot. Teepee? Dino sleeping area. My bed? Perfect to make into small volcanoes. So when it comes to her snack, I had a little time on my hands one morning and a fun idea while she was getting ready for the day. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas This is super easy to do. It took me about 8-10 minutes total. I’m not a “fun snack” mom, because I forget until after Bella eats that something cute could have been made from it, but we do have days where I remember and she has a lot of fun when I show her something I did. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas 1 So for this snack, I created a little dino (also can be a dragon/alligator) to chomp on the Goldfish crackers butterfly. You’ll need: (seriously, this is so easy)

  1. Goldfish crackers
  2. Another dry snack or sturdy fruit (I picked orange slices)
  3. A sandwich sized ziploc bag (snack is too small)
  4. A clothespin
  5. Paper/markers/googly eyes/pipe cleaner

Fill the bag with crackers and dry snacks. Separate evenly and twist 2-3 times. Use pipe cleaner to wind around middle and keep it from coming undone. Cut small triangles for the teeth. Glue on. Use googly eyes (or draw your own). Cut out a small row of spikes from colored paper or color your own. Glue on. Let dry for a minute. Chomp that right onto the middle of the bag. Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas 2 And there you have it! The great part of this is the clothespin can be used again and again. Except if you’re Bella. And you take the clothespin off and play with it and forget about the snack you couldn’t live without five minutes before. :) Goldfish Crackers Snack Ideas 4

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Mom Purse with a Working Upgrade: Fashion Editor by Thirty-One

I have a love/hate relationship with purses. I’ve never been a purse kind of girl, but it wasn’t because I didn’t like them or see the need. It was because I needed to have the perfect purse. Every time. So this led to spending hours shopping and leaving frustrated that all the ideal purses were $$$ when I could just be a little more bohemian and buy a cloth one for $15.

Which I did. Several times. And always hated them.

Fashion Editor by Thirty-One

For the past few months, I’ve been using the Fashion Editor from Thirty-One – part of their new Jewell line. Because I have southern friends, I’ve heard about Thirty-One for years ;) but I haven’t ever owned a product of theirs. The description stated, “perfect for work, with a zippered laptop pocket” and I was sold.

I carry my laptop with me several days a week to work after therapy/when Bella has her classes and had been starting to think I needed a purse that was meant to carry one – with padding. I had the world’s ugliest laptop bag I’ve been using for two years, but thankfully one of the cats finally barfed on it and freed me from the feeling that I had to keep taking it with me.

The Fashion Editor is this purse that hits every mark I have in my head for a purse. Like someone who makes a list for a potential spouse, I have a purse list.

  1. Good sized
  2. Neutral color
  3. No slip straps
  4. Several pockets (but not too many)
  5. Place for a cell phone
  6. Somewhere to clip my keys

Fashion Editor by Thirty-One

I wanted to be able to fit my giant glass water bottle, a Macbook Air, and whatever animal Bella insisted she needed until we got to where we were going. Plus all my other stuff.

Fashion Editor by Thirty-One

I love how lightweight this bag is, even when crammed full of stuff. I also love that my laptop sits in it securely, and the cell phone pocket on the outside has a little magnetic clasp. Now that I see the quality of their bags, I find myself looking at the women in my food co-op who bring their cute Thirty-One totes with them every week, and thinking how handy that would be too.

Fashion Editor by Thirty-One

I can say that not only am I a big fan of their products now, but also what they stand for. Thirty-One Gives lists ways they are involved in giving back through partners like:

 

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I was not paid for this review but did receive the Thirty-One Fashion Editor for review. Thank you to Thirty-One!

Capture a Moment with OneDay

 This post was sponsored by the OneDay app, but all opinions (and super cute video below) are my own. 

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The other day I told Sam, “Isn’t it cute how Bella says Pterodactyl? (She pronounces the ‘P’). Let’s never correct her.”

We have these little memories of her saying things wrong since she started talking. One or two random words she mis-hears, that she then says that way for a while until suddenly it’s gone. She called fans “sa’s” forever, cats were “tikkies”, school buses were buses and actual buses were “schools” (that was the best).

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From Skepticism to Love – & an Essential Oil/Diffuser Giveaway!

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Essential Oils – let me start this post by saying that I’ve been a HUGE skeptic of them for about the past year. Watching friends post on the benefits, rave on results – they were the fun cheerleaders and I was the emo chick on the bleachers wondering if everyone was on crack.

Interestingly enough, it was Sam who first introduced me to oils. Eucalyptus in our humidifier when we were all sick last winter. I fell in love with the scent of that running in our home. Then lavender for little cuts and burns. Peppermint cut with coconut oil for the non-stop headaches I had when pregnant with Kaden.

I tentatively started to ask about different blends I was seeing – what did they smell like? What could they help with? I was surprised to find that with some of the absolutely crazy claims I’d seen online (Cure Ebola! Beat Cancer! Send your child to Harvard at 3!) – the people I knew were honest about them.

They weren’t a cure all for things – but they helped. They smelled great. Oils added an extra layer of help to your routine of prevention/care.

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