Life Lately

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Loving on their stuffed animals from Grandma Marcy and Auntie Kim! 

Kiwi Crate! Grammy upped us to the Sibling kit and Claire loved being able to participate! We made rain sticks and a frog launching game! 

Homemade Gummy Bear Fruit Snacks! 

Dear Kenley, I am sorry for posting this for the whole internets to see but its too funny not too! This picture makes me laugh cry! haha 

 Craft room closet organization! 

Easter 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A week or so before Easter the girls dyed Easter eggs. April told me about these great plastic dyeable eggs from Walmart! They are awesome because they don't break when dropped and also I don' t have to worry about the food coloring consumption and trying to find natural dyes or anything like that! 

The girls have been loving playing with their eggs! 

The girls Easter baskets.... 
Yes... I went a little overboard! In my defense I bought most of it last year for 75% off after Easter and most of the rest was from the Target $ Spot! 

No candy this year! Just a Chocolate bunny! 
The girls baskets had stickers, bubble wands, pearl necklaces, stamp pads, bunny cups, chocolate bunnies, paintable wooden eggs, a princess doll, a chirpy bunny, a pair of sunglasses, bunny ear headbands, a new shirt, and they each got some Annie's bunny crackers! 

Since we are still in the search for a church here in NC, we went to church with the Goodfellows! There ended up being a little hitch with the seat saving so the girls actually sat with their girls and we sat with Gary and Melissa in a pew on the opposite side of the church. The girls loved that! 

After church Melissa's Mom prepared a feast for us! Her hushpuppies looked so delicious! We can't wait for this whole30 to be done! 

Decorating eggs... 

hunting for eggs... CLo found the golden egg! 

Resurrection eggs... 

After we got home and had nap time I set up another egg hunt for the girls! I hid 60 eggs and they found them all! 

No candy again! I filled the eggs with Crayola Washable Paints, rolled up vegetable seed packets, and coins! 

Today I added some monograms to the girls bunny cups :)

Easter night I tried getting Brian to take a picture with me in the girls bunny headbands but he wasn't having it.... 

Therefore I am forced to post this picture of him from the other night looking like the creepy biker Easter bunny. :) hahaha! 

Sweet Potato Chips

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sweet Potato Chips have become one of my favorite snacks and meal time additions. Claire and I are both sweet snacks people while Brian and Kenley are both salty snacks people. These sweet potato chips are a favorite with all four of us! 

They are a little time consuming but their flavor is totally worth it! Not to mention how much healthier they are for you compared to basically any and every chip that you can buy at the grocery store! They are also Paleo and Whole30 compliant! Yay!! 
Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potatoes 
Coconut Oil
Himalayan Pink Salt

1. Peel Sweet potatoes, then using a mandolin, slice sweet potatoes on thinnest setting.  
2. Place a cast iron pot over medium heat. 
3. Add about 1/2 cup coconut oil to the pot.
4. Once oil is hot add a few sweet potato slices and cook turning often with tongs until just beginning to turn golden brown. 
5. Remove cooked sweet potato chips from the oil and place on a paper bag to drain the excess oil. 
6. Sprinkle hot chips with a bit of salt
7. Repeat until you have your desired amount of chips! Enjoy! 

Our first few weeks in NC

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

March 18th we made it back to our house... It was a dreary day which didn't at all help my mood when we walked into our house. Our renters had not left our house in good shape and there was so much to fix and clean and paint. The house also smelled like dog... gross. I just wanted to cry.... (I tend to cry when I am mad)

Thankfully our wonderful friends came over to help us unpack and it is hard to be sad when you are surrounded by people who you have missed so much and now you get to be with in person! 

This room was formerly Kenley's nursery... I was SHOCKED when I walked in... 

Seriously those colors were CRAZY! 

We FaceTimed with Grant and Amanda that first night in our house! We miss them so much! 

This is me jumping for joy because Amanda told me she was going to fly out and help me clean and paint this house!! Yay!! She is seriously seriously the best! 

Here is the kitchen before we painted. When we lived here before it was green... Our renters painted it purple... as much as Claire loves purple we just weren't feeling it! 

Silly faces because they got their first mail at the new house from the Peters! 

Amanda had to see the circus/Mickey Mouse Clubhouse room in person! We stayed super busy the whole time she was here! 

We FaceTimed Barbara! 

We painted over the circus... 

We hung pictures...

We painted... a lot...

She and Kenley took some selfies...

Before and After...

The many colors of our kitchen... yellow when we moved in... we painted it green... the renters painted it purple... and we painted it blue. I am in love with the blue! 

I had to take Amanda to Baker's Kitchen for breakfast! It is a bit different in there than when we lived here before but the french toast and syrup are the same! So delicious!!! 

a peek at our school room...

We ordered a counter top to go on this wall but it won't be here until the 18th... I can't wait for it to get here so we can get this room finished! 

 Popcorn and hot tamales...

hiding in the corner eating ice cream....

Brian slept on the couch while Amanda was here so I surprised Amanda and decorated the bed with Best Friend pillows! It was hilarious!

Amanda's flight was delayed so obviously we had to go to Dunkin Donuts! And obviously we needed to buy 4 donuts and then split them :) 

Amanda, I am so thankful that you came to rescue me! I am looking around my house right now and I know it would look nothing like this had you not come! The circus room would probably still be stressing me out! Thank you so very very very much! Love you!!!! 

The day after Amanda left Brian and I started a whole30. This is my 3rd one and Brian's 1st. We needed some serious detoxing after all the fast food of the road trip and all the donuts, iced coffee's, and ice cream we consumed with Amanda! Seriously I think I made maybe 3 real meals the whole time she was here.... horrible hostess... At least the Dunkin Donuts was yummy! 


 NOT whole30.... Nor Mom approved..... :) 

We got a new game called Snake Oil... It is so fun! 

A new shower curtain for the girls bathroom! 

I'm tracking my daily whole30 eats on Instagram again! (kandbdowhole30) 

Teaching Kenley Rummikub...

This month Kenley got her City Adventure Kiwi Crate. The crates just keep getting better and better! We LOVED this crate! 

That brings us pretty much up to date!