air plants and rocks

air plants and rocks air plants and rocks air plants and rocks air plants and rocks air plants and rocks air plants and rocks I love air plants and I love rocks. Put them together and you have a cool little sculptural thing to put somewhere in your home! I was totally inspired by Chloe Touran’s IG feed. She has the best air plant-rock combinations. I love everything she puts together (this is so good!)! I wanted to gift an air plant & rock combo for some friends this past Christmas, but I wasn’t sure they would love it like I do, so I just kept them all. Ha! Would you rock the air plant-rock combo in your home?

air plants air plants I bought my air plants from this shop and the rocks were collected on our summer vacation.

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family meals: week 58

family meals Spicy Seafood & Udon Stir Fry. It’s a recipe from my best friend  and it was so  yummy (all her recipes are!). I will have the recipe up for you in the next few weeks. The best part is that it’s loaded with vegetables!

family meals family meals Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce. I was feeling a little adventurous and was trying to recreate the tacos we had on our date in Austin. It came out pretty good and Ben was impressed with my sauce. I like it when I impress him! I want to tweak a couple things, but if I get it just right, I will share the recipe with you. We evened added carrots to our tacos; I think we will be adding that to our fish tacos all the time. The more veggies, the better!

family meals family meals Tilapia Ceviche on Wontons. One of our Friday night date-in dishes. It’s the perfect way to end our week and start the weekend.

Week of 1/20 – 1/24
Monday: Chicken Enchiladas
Tuesday: Korean Pork Roast Lettuce Wraps
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: White Bean Chili
Friday: Sushi/pizza night

I want to be sure to make this the following week. I need to remember to pick up some fontina cheese!

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huzzah!

shelves A little snippet of Soul and Glow’s room. We’re about do some bed switching around since True got a big girl bed, so Soul will get her little bed. I can’t wait to start getting their rooms figured out again.

This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

Glow pronounces S words with an H, so Soul is “Hole,” sock is “hock,” and Spider-man is Hider-man. It’s so adorable!

I want to make this muffin.

Thankful for restored friendships. Sometimes we let minute things ruin a friendship.

These two posts encouraged me (via the Girl Talk blog). Comparing and envy doesn’t get anyone anywhere. It’s bad for the soul.

Thankful for quiet meditating and prayer times this week.

The girls and I are obsessed with the Frozen soundtrack; we sing “Let It Go” at the top of our lungs! Brings me back to my childhood Disney days of listening to the music (on cassette!) over and over again.

Love this DIY on how to make a journal from Lemonhead Press.

Having a budget feels kind of like playing a game. I like the challenge!

It’s been warm and summer-like here lately, so we will probably spend the weekend outdoors. What are you up to this weekend?

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focus: work first, play later

homeschool homeschool homeschool homeschool I can’t believe half the school year is done already; we just hit the end of the semester. I feel like there’s still so much to do, but when I step back and see where the girls are, they have grown and learned so much from September. I find our days go much more smoothly when schooling gets done in the morning. I feel when we get started after breakfast, the girls are much more focused and I’m more focused too. We’ve had a couple late starts this week and I was just totally thrown off (and so were the kids, since at that point all they wanted to do is keep playing). Thankfully, we still buckled down and got through what needed to be done, but late starts definitely come with more challenges for us.

I’ve always been a get your work done first and then play later kind of person. In college, I would wake up, do my studying, clean the house, and then spend the rest of the day having fun. I hated (and still hate) the feeling of procrastinating. I also usually still get dressed first thing in the morning, even if I have no where to go. Just in case I do end up having to go somewhere, I’m already dressed and ready to leave the house. I feel it takes more time getting ready in the middle of the day. I know, I’m totally silly, aren’t I?!

As much as I prefer doing school in the morning, I am thankful that homeschooling has the flexibility that lets us kind of go with the flow (as long as we still get work done). I have to constantly remind myself to stay flexible because that doesn’t come natural to me. I’m a planner and definitely not spontaneous. Last week, I had a moment of spontaneity, and after swim classes decided to take the girls to the park. The girls were so surprised! I need to plan more moments of spontaneity for them. See, I need to plan that in too! Yup, I’m definitely silly. Anyone else silly like me?

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zoo adventures

zoo new years zoo new years zoo zoo new years zoo new years zoo new years zoo new years zoo new years We made a trip to the San Diego Zoo to see their Christmas decor and the polar bears. For some reason, I had it stuck in my mind that they went all out for it. Nope. I was totally wrong. They did have some lights strung up and bells, but the park closes at 5, so by then no one is around to enjoy the lights. Anyhow, we still had a wonderful time and checked out all the exhibits we weren’t able to see the last time we went. Our Glow is such an animal lover that she was just completely enamored with all the different animals she saw. It’s Ben’s dream to move down to San Diego, but even though that hasn’t happened, at least not yet (you never know!), it’s nice that San Diego isn’t that far from us.

We travel these days with a light umbrella stroller, we ditched our double stroller awhile back, but I still bring around my sling in the case that Soul really needs to sit and I can still wear Glow on me.  I have so many good memories of baby wearing. I’ve used the same sling (from this company) for all the girls and it is just so much more convenient sometimes, especially when there were teeny tiny.

We recently watched the documentary Black Fish and Ben and I were absolutely shocked. Then, I started questioning our zoo passes (we have it for a year, so we will probably be back). Kids love going to the zoo and supposedly the zoo does a lot of things for the conservation of animals, but I can’t help but be a little skeptical now after watching that documentary. Technically, animals at the zoo are in captivity too, so I don’t know. It’s something we have to keep thinking through and find more articles on, and make a decision on what we learn and feel is best. Have you watched Black Fish?

P.S. I don’t think it’s wrong if you still continue to go to Sea World or the zoo. We all just make the best decisions based on our convictions. We all learn, grow, and change, so that’s part of it too.

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Alex, a reader, kindly left a comment sharing about the discrepancies that may be presented in Blackfish. You can read about it here, here, here, and here. I think it’s good to read these things alongside watching the documentary and make the best informed decision for you and your family. I started researching articles on zoos and animals in captivity there, but I admit I didn’t research anything regarding the documentary, so it’s a good reminder to always do so (and to always hear both sides of a story). I think both the documentary and the articles against it are very interesting.

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