"the greatest work we will ever do will be within the walls of our own home."

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Wall Art Display

Hayden LOVES all things crafting and even more than that? She loves to see all of her creations! I was running out of room on my fridge, so we decided to make something for her to display all her favorite pieces on. This whole display cost less than $10 at hobby lobby!
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I decided on wood for the banner because I wanted Hayden to be able to paint them how she wanted. Each little wood piece cost 25 cents. Spent $4 total on wood. I found a thick shoelace type string for $3. And clothes pins for $2.workofart
 
We painted all the wood and hot glued it on some ribbon that Hayden picked out of my scraps. 
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This is my favorite craft we’ve done!! 

 
xo, Elizabeth

#2

Sean, Hayden and I are so excited to announce…

We are due with Baby #2 

ETA: November 2015! 

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I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve been asked “so when’s number 2 coming?!” Actually. We started getting that question what seemed like a couple months after Hayden was born. (Alright maybe she was closer to one 😉 ). I got so fed up with people asking that I just responded with “never, never-ever”. Truth? I really had no idea. I mean I felt like I JUST had Hayden and you’re asking me if I want another one now? No thanks. Well, now that Hayden is TWO (and she will be almost 3 when the baby comes). We had been planning for baby number 2 for months. Let me just tell you… with Hayden, I was fully prepared for it to take a few months and was a little shocked when it only took one. This time? it took a few longer than my liking… I think someone upstairs was telling me to settle down lol (or the big man was reminding me I didn’t want a summer baby) I’m not the most patient person… But I’m working on it!

I. Am. So. Excited!! I’m feeling a little more prepared in the sense of I know what’s to come. But also a little terrified of the unknown. I mean I’m sure going from 1 child to 2 is no walk in the park! Our girl, She’s a handful! The thought of dealing with pregnancy insomnia, nausea, or having a basketball stuck under my shirt all while chasing this little firecracker makes me cringe. Literally. But were getting through it! I have no doubt that we will adjust accordingly with each new stage. Our hearts have already grown even bigger for this little one and let’s be real, Hayden will be the best big sister!

We both have our thoughts on what this little babe is.. but we will keep them to ourselves for a while 😉

We took our first test on March 7th.

One ever so faint plus sign!! I dropped everything and went to the store to buy a different kind of test. And prenatal vitamins – you know, just in case 😉 I went in the bathroom peed on my second stick and then left it in there. I told Sean to go check! He came out saying “are you sure these are more accurate?”. Thinking it said ‘not pregnant’ I was totally bummed. But only for a half a second.

 

BAM! Hello there Baby#2! I’m feeling like I may just enjoy this pregnancy a whole lot more than mine with Hayden. I mean, it’s pretty wonderful what our bodies can do!! And plus, if this is our last baby, our last pregnancy, I really want to soak it up!! I’m feeling a lot more nauseous this time around but I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that we have a 2 year old with unlimited amounts of energy and I have limited amounts of coffee. We had our first doctors appointment last week and were lucky enough to hear the heart beat at just shy of 9 weeks!

Hayden made her shirt pictured above and that’s how we told our families. It was so much fun watching them try to figure out if we were telling the truth or not!

xo, E

Pretzel Buns

G U Y S, I have this new obsession with soft pretzels. Pretzel buns. Pretzel bites. O m g. Sean and I love chicken clubs so I decided one night to make them at home. Except I didn’t know what kind of bread to use. I’ve always thought you needed a special mixer to make bread, or pretzels. So I never tried! Gosh I wish I would’ve sooner because they are fantastic and so easy!!

Here you are friends!

What You’ll Need;

3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt (Table and Coarse Sea Salt to sprinkle on top.)
1 1/4 oz pack of Yeast
2 Tablespoons Butter (melted)
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
Water
1 Egg
3 Cups Bread Flour
3 Tablespoons Baking Soda
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•Mix together 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 packet of yeast (1/4oz).

•Mix 2 tablespoons butter(melted), 1/4 cup Vegetable oil and 1 cup warm water.
Then add to yeast mixture.

•Add 3 cups of bread flour. Mix together with fork until just combined.

•Knead together rest of dough.

•Grease a foiled cookie sheet.

•Divide into 8-12 balls depending on what size you want.
I almost always do less. 8 nice sized buns. Or 12 slider sized.

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•Let rise in preheat oven (170 degrees). I only do 10-12mins.
Take your rolls out. Then preheat oven to 325.

•Bring 4-6 cups of water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a boil in nice sized skillet (or Saute pan).

•Let rolls sit in boiling water for 1 minute each side. Do not crowd rolls.

•Return to greased cookie sheet.

•Decorative pretzel bun slit optional.

•Take egg whites and brush (or rub 🙂 ) over your rolls.

•Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

•Bake 12-15 mins for the 12 sliders. 18-20mins for the 8 bigger rolls.

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I have also cut the rolls in half and popped them back in the oven for another minute or two for the clubs because I like them a little more cooked.

They are delicious! And they freeze well!!! Just wrap them in foil.

Now excuse me while I stuff my face.

xo, E

Happy 2nd!

We had so much fun this past weekend celebrating our little ladys 2nd Birthday!! I’m loving every second of this chapter of life I am in. Most days I’m completely lost on how to parent this sassy, super independent, head-strong girl I’ve got here but even on those hard days, I’m still so thankful to be her mama. And so thankful she forgives me when I royally mess up! I’ve decided to keep my letter to Hayden off the blog and just send them straight to her email – some things I really feel like are best just kept between us! But I will say… Hayden, you make me more and more proud as the days pass! I love you, my girl.

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Big Girl Bed!

In a little over one month our girl is going to be TWO! T W O!!! My tiny little baby is getting to be such a big girl.  She’s all over the place. Into everything.. Climbs on everything and is wicked fast. She’s been out of her crib for a little while now (we just moved her mattress to the floor). But just last week she moved into a big girl twin bed – which her and her dogs love. Seriously she LOVES  it! The first night I forgot to put the baby gate up and woke up to her helping herself to her milk in the fridge. Yes, she opens the fridge and helps herself. That, is not so awesome because she only opens it…

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{2015}

Well, wow. I’ve been meaning to update this for quite some time. And I literally have 12 drafts in the works from the past couple months!! The last half of 2014 was kind of a whirlwind that blew right on by! I literally feel like I closed my eyes in the midst of a storm and when I opened them I was somewhere completely new! I can’t even wrap my brain around starting a new year!!

We’re back in Arizona and getting into our old groove. I’m still only working part time which is both a blessing and so, so difficult for me – being close again and not working remotely, it’s hard not to dive back into work head first! We’ve just wrapped up Christmas – the first Christmas in my life where I didn’t spend it with my side of the family. And we rang in the new year with a few of our favorites only to wake up the next day with a puking little babe. Oh. And I shattered the screen to my brand new iPhone 6 🙁 OY!

But that’s life. You gotta roll with the punches sometimes, right? I’m feeling so blessed to be starting this new year with my two favorite people… I have a feeling 2015 is going to be an exciting adventure. My girl turns 2. Hubs turns 30! Am I really turning 25 this year?!?! And well… Who knows what else is in store! 😉 😉

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/914/62797928/files/2015/01/img_2061.jpgwatching the fireworks! Seriously y’all they killlll me! <3 😀

xo, E

BestFriends & Baby Bumps

I was able to play photographer this past weekend for my two very BestFriends and their baby bumps! Courtney and Britany have been friends since kindergarten, how cool is that!? And I met them both in Junior High. So, we’ve all been friends for a while.. How awesome that they get to jump into mommyhood TOGETHER! And they are both having boys! How sweet that they will get to grow up together 🙂 Here’s a peek into our little photoshoot.

 

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xo, E

They say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Looking at this, I couldn’t agree more. ❤️

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We’re Potty Training.

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You read that right. We’re potty training. And surprisingly, Little Lady is doing awesome…. for the most part. We decided it was time to start potty training last week. I was answering some emails and Hayden ran into our room, apparently I was in the zone because I didn’t even notice that she didn’t have a diaper on until she squatted down right next to me and peed on the floor. LOVELY! We went to target RIGHT THEN and grabbed ourselves a “little lou”, some prizes from Target’s $1 section and Hayden picked out some super cute Frozen undies.

After requesting some potty training advice from my facebook friends we decided to go with the whole put her on the potty every 30 minutes system. Now this really only works, I think, because I’m home with Hayden all day right now.. and I don’t have any other babies. So, if we did decided to have another one (stay tuned for my post – Why the number of Children I have is none of your business – it’s coming!) I don’t think that this system would work out so great. But as of right now, it works for us. Hayden doesn’t talk all that much, so she doesn’t say “potty” she just runs over to it. So she definitely knows when she has to go. And so far, we’ve only have a couple accidents in our undies. She still wears diapers at night and we use pull-ups while were running around. Hopefully this continues to be easy-peasy. I’ll let you know 😉

Potty training, to be continued…

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