Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Pink Party

About a month ago, Hannah decided to host a little Valentine party for a few friends. She made the invitations, mailed them, planned the menu, made a grocery list, and decided on crafts to make. Really wanting to do it all on her own, she actually asked me if she should pay me $2 for helping (I sometimes pay her for her help when we host big parties). I assured it her it was my joy and pleasure to assist. Grin.

The busy hostess at work...

Making sure everything is just so...

Three little friends arrived at 1:00 all in pink. They decorated inexpensive picture frames with conversation hearts.
I took a picture of the four of them to fill it. Then, the girls wrapped headbands with pink and brown, grosgrain ribbon - very cute. They decorated cookies while snacking on fruit dipped in Hannah's Bright Pink Fruit Dip and sipping pink lemonade.

Very pink and sweet and lovely. I'm so proud of my darling, little hostess.

Bright Pink Fruit Dip
from Pretend Soup (our favorite kids' cookbook)
We dipped apple slices, strawberries, and fresh pineapple.

10 oz package sweetened raspberries, defrosted (Hannah used unsweetened and we added sugar)
1/2 cup (4 oz) softened cream cheese
1 cup yogurt (we used vanilla)
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Place raspberries and cream cheese in a blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add yogurt and lemon juice and whisk "until it is all one color." Pour into serving bowls.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Good, Green Reads

Get Clean with Shaklee Basic H2 - A Review : Small Notebook

I have been using this stuff for years and love it. I'm so glad to have a review to pass along. Passionate Homemaking also has a list of easy-to-make, safe, household cleaners. Really all you need is baking soda, vinegar and Basic H2 for the whole house. Also, microfiber cloths are my new favorite housecleaning tool. I bought a 8 pack of them at Target (automotive section) a year or so ago and they are still in great shape. The kids and I use them for everything... general cleaning, dusting, windows, mirrors. I even attach them to my swiffer-sweeper (reusable swiffer cloths!).


How to Create a Paperless Kitchen : Simple Mom

This is something I have been thinking about/working on for the past year or so. We have switched to using cloth napkins most of the time, but it's hard to hand a cloth napkin to a kid with a blueberry smoothie. And I try to use rags, not paper towels. I struggle with going completely paperless mostly because I just don't have enough cloth. We're getting there... soon.


Michael Pollan on the Oprah Show: "Food 101" : Kelly the Kitchen Kop

I just found this blog, and loved her recap of Michael Pollan's visit to the Oprah Show. I didn't see the show, but loved reading her notes. Michael Pollan appears in Food, Inc., a documentary on the food industry. We netflixed it a month ago... an eye-opening movie. The journey from "farm" to table is not pretty.

I have always tried to provide simple, organic, local, whole foods for our family when possible, but this movie challenged me to do more. Now I am looking into CSAs and local grass-fed beef/milk suppliers. The other day, Hannah says to me as I poured her a glass of grass-fed milk (that I picked up at Whole Foods), "Mom, why does it say grass-fed on the carton? What else would a cow want to eat?" Exactly.


The Oil-Cleansing Method : Simple Mom

About 4 months ago, I was running out of my (very expensive) skin care supplies and didn't want to order more. I wasn't all that pleased with what I had been using, and really wasn't sure what was in it. After reading about this "oil-cleansing method" a handful of times, I decided to give it a try. I have DRY skin, so I use Simple Mom's recipe for drier skin and then use coconut oil as a extra moisturizer. LOVE it. I'm never going back. And it's basically free!

Also, the new blog Simple Organic has a *great post* on healthy skin care.

Lastly, I am thankful for this thoughtful post...

Can Natural Living Become an Idol? : Passionate Homemaking

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


There is not one battery, shovel, or gallon of milk anywhere near here. D.C.'s record snowfall has all of us feeling a little like we live in Buffalo (an ill-equipped version of Buffalo).

For us it has been school as usual, and sledding for PE. I keep telling the kids they will thank me when they still have a Spring Break to enjoy.

Because Spring. Will. Come.

Just trying to remember that as I sit here now waiting for the next 10-20" inches to fall.

I love this.... Hannah wanted to make sure Molly's scrapbook included the big snow, so we had a little photo shoot...

Simple Homeschool

Simple Mom (a daily must read for me) launched Simple Living Media this week. Simple Living Media is now a family of five blogs, all with one purpose — to help people live simply. Each represents a unique topic related to simple living.

The Simple Websites:
Simple Homeschool
Simple Mom

Simple Organic

Simple Bites

Simple Kids

I am particularly excited about Simple Homeschool - and they are having a fantastic launch week giveaway right now. Go, and enter to win!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Enjoying a weekend stuck at home with my favorite people...

:: games by the heater

:: oatmeal chocolate-chip cookies

:: chicken cheddar chowder on the stove

:: snow forts, shoveling, sledding

:: hot chocolate by the fire

:: books, books, books...

:: Katy and the Big Snow... read so many times, he knows it by heart

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

And Again

We woke to this Narnia-like scene.
Much more is expected to fall this weekend.

I love snow. I do. It's lovely.

I just think it's about time to visit my parents in Florida.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Winter White : 1000 Gifts

Feeling His grace, my list of good gifts continues...

Two godly, young people saying I do.

A glowing bride.

Swirling snow on their wedding day.

Holding hands.

A lunch date with Hannah.

The piano teacher's cookie jar.

Bright sun on clean, white snow.

Coffee shop conversation.

Buttermilk scones.

Sunday sledding.

Delighted screams on the way down.

Family dinners.

Belly laughs.

Clean plates.

The Psalms.



His cleansing blood.

My scarlet sins white as snow.

The list goes on...

holy experience


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