Sunday, October 23, 2016

Lazy Mornings

Heidi's Choker: Zaful  //  Heidi's Top: Target  //  Heidi's Earrings: Zaful  //  My Earrings: Rosegal
//  My Top: Rosegal  //  Halloween Pillow: Rosegal  //

So a couple weeks back I wrote about wanting to live more in the moment and less in my planner. I've been really trying to make a cognizant effort to spend more time just "being" and less time hurrying on to the next item on my list, watching my life wiz by me, while I miss out on all the random happenings that make up each of my days. Easier said than done, I know, but the effort has been made {a good start in my eyes}. 

This last weekend was, of course, busy with kids soccer games, Boy Scouts meetings and fundraising, church events, and family get-togethers. It can be hard with three kids to find the time to not focus on the next event and to just be. So on Sunday morning, after we returned home from church, the kids and I put on our comfy clothes, found a sunny spot -much like a cat- and just hung out. We did nothing but talk, throw pumpkins- I have no idea why except for pure two-year-old enjoyment- held hands, made a Lego mess, and just were

It was perfect, uninterrupted, motherhood bliss. A perfect lazy Sunday morning if you ask me. Of course, it didn't last for as long as I would have liked, as we had to move on to the rest of the day's schedule, but it happened and it was enjoyed by all. That part of me that loves making lists and schedules wants to make a time for this at least once a weekend, but then that would be defeating the whole purpose of just finding the time to just be, wouldn't it? 

Anyway, how did you spend your weekend? Or how do you spend your time just being?? 
Have a wonderful last week of October and if you're in the Midwest like me, stay warm!! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

10 Perfectly Awesome Autumn Recipes

Sweet Potato and Sausage Stuffing

Candied Yams & Bacon

Crockpot Turkey Chili

Creamy Healthy Pumpkin Soup

Italian Wedding Soup Pasta Bake

Creamy Bacon Cauliflower Mash

Pumpkin Caramel Biscuits

Roasted Seasoned Greenbeans

Cinnamon Salted Caramel Apple Chips

Austrian Apple Strudel 

I just love cooking this time of the year. I don't know if it's the cooler weather, staying indoors more, or all the harvest ingredients that inspires me to get in the kitchen more, but I absolutely love cooking in Autumn. I can't get enough of all the different squashes and apples, along with the warm hearty dishes that go with any Fall time meal. The sweet smell of cinnamon in the air and pumpkin in pretty much everything, makes for a happy tummy and a holiday season that everyone will enjoy. I just wanted to share some of my fav go-to recipes that I use year after year around this time of the year. I hope you give some of them a try with your friends and family. They are all easy and efficient recipes the whole family will love!

Happy cooking!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday at the Pumpkin Patch

Oh, Sunday Funday! I just love Fall and all the activities that are available for the family. Packing the family up and heading to a farm or pumpkin patch has got to be my most favorite activity to do before Halloween. And let me just say, the farms here in Illinois do not disappoint. 

By the looks in these photos, you'd think it was quite cold. You'd be wrong, as it was near 70 and humid, which was so strange because it was in the 50's Friday and Saturday. It's suppose to get up into the 80's on Monday and then by the end of the week be back down into the low 50's. It's like Summer isn't quite ready to say goodnight for the year ha. 

The pumpkin patch we decided on was perfect for the kids and had everything we needed for a fun afternoon. It wasn't crowded which is always a good thing when pictures are being taken. Lukas was in a bit of a mood and didn't want to participate with the rest of us, sigh, but overall I think the kids had a fab time together. We might visit a few more local pumpkin patches later this week and buy some more pumpkins... now that I have an actual front porch with stairs, I'm dying to cover it in pumpkins and scarecrows! 

Classic pic of the four of us lol
IF you are interested, you can find my super cute Halloween Shirt HERE, and my pretty little necklace HERE!! I love them both so much. The shirt is perfect for those moms like me who aren't so into dressing up for Halloween but want to be festive for the kids!

Have a wonderful week ahead!! 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Enjoy Today

So, a couple of months ago, after I moved to Chicago, I decided I was going to make a conscience effort to live a bit more in the moment and not so much in the future or the past. I have always had a tendency to dwell on things that have already happened and worry about things that are to come. I never really cared much about these tendencies, until I realized that I wasn't really enjoying my actual life. My marriage... myself. 

I'm sure so many of us are in the same boat. We have to plan because we have careers, kids, whatever takes us to the next day. If we didn't plan, our life would seemingly fall apart. At least mine would. I take comfort in knowing what's coming next, especially where my kids are concerned. But in always looking forward to whats coming and constantly focused on what needs to get done, I missed out on all the little things that make up my day... the cuddles, the laying around and talking with my kids about absolutely nothing that's going to effect anything, or just sitting and watching the leaves blow and birds fly. Now, some of that seems like quite the waste of time, but it's actually better for overall health.

I'll be honest, I have been struggling the last few months, particularly emotionally. I can say that these months have been some of the hardest in my life. I won't go into details as to why but there were a number of factors that just all piled up and took me down. Way down. After some soul searching, reading, and time alone, I've decided I really need to live more in the moment and take in all the little aspects of my life. Not an easy feat for me. But I'm embracing more than I ever have. Instead of looking at motherhood as a sometimes stressful job that I sometimes wished would end, I'm actually enjoying it. I'm working on my marriage -which was at an all-time low- and trying to work on myself. 

There are always going to be hard parts to life, and even during what should be the happiest times in our lives we can be feeling at our lowest. If you take anything away from this emo-vent post, just know that every day is a new day to make it seem right and happy and wonderful. Enjoy this day because this day will never happen again and you might miss something great. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Early Autumn Nature Walk

Oh, these Fall days are really something here in Chicagoland. I have always been a fan of the cooler months and turning leaves but missed out on much of that living most of my life in Southern California. Now that I'm here in the Midwest, I get to really experience the cooler weather and I really love it. However, ask me that in January after the snow has fallen and the temps go below 0. I'll prob be signing a different tune then lol. But now that the weather is in the low 60's during the day, I get to get out with my kids and take the best nature walks, exploring our new neighborhood, town and all the trees around us. Every week, there is somewhere new to explore, and it's gorgeous! I'm still waiting on the trees to turn the colors of the sun, but don't really mind all the green that surrounds our little town. 

Another part of the cooler months that gets me so elated is the Fall fashion. Sweaters, boots, scarves... all of it, I'm looking forward to. And I started by getting some new oversized sweaters. Who doesn't love a cozy sweater to throw on while lounging around the house on a rainy day, or to have to keep warm while out and about with the kids? I know I do, it's definitely my go-to staple piece for this Fall. I found mine here and I absolutely love how soft it is, and the fact I got a great deal on it!! What's your fav piece of clothing for Fall?? I know a lot of people love the boots! 

Have a wonder Wednesday and enjoy the cooler weather and all the beauty that nature has to offer!! Oh and yeah, that would be a big ol' pile of goose poop that Jakob and I are pointing to in the pics. He loves him some poop.

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