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Welcome to my own little corner of the Web! I love my family and do what I can to leave as little of a carbon footprint on this beautiful earth we call home. We have become a paperless kitchen family! We make a lot of our stuff homemade. I love coffee and web browsing on blogs/facebook/pinterest, healthy organic (GMO free) cooking, and lots of kisses from Chris, Aiden, Coren and Mason...I am complete. I thrive to make our lives better. I have began a new stage in my life for my children. I want to show health to my children and what better way thru our every day life. I'm an essential oil pusher :) also known as a doTERRA Wellness Advocate and love helping people reach there goals that they never thought was possible. Come join our journey into the wonderful world of oils and reclaim your health and get your life back!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

26 Weeks

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This is the last week of Month 6 and last week of the 2nd trimester. I know depending on which book you read or what not its 27-28 weeks. The forum I follow moves you at 27 weeks so I'm just going by that :)

Size of baby: He's now the size of an eggplant!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I've gained 4 lbs

Maternity Clothes: This week yoga pants and tank tops are my norm for the house. I do put on jeans and a cute top if we venture out.

Gender: Boy - Mason Parker Stovall

Movement: I still have a circus in my belly!

Sleep: Having to take a cold shower before bed to get cool enough to sleep.

What I miss: Fall! Pumpkin bread, warm coffee dates and beautiful fall leaves!

Cravings: Fruits and veggies! I'm on this whole health kick right now. I've been making everything home made and really enjoy doing it. Even though I have to start cooking early afternoon sometimes.

Symptoms: Having a hard time bending over this past week.

Best moment this week: Aiden hugging the belly and saying aw then kissing it. Melts my heart!

New is good right? :)

I've been on a new kick and organizing is my middle name! I spend a good portion of the day organizing and brain storming new was to stay organized. I'm starting to look for new recipes (all home made).

Fresh Tomato Sauce
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Slow Cooker Rosemary and Red Pepper Chicken


One Pot Cheesy Chicken


Crock Pot Mac and Cheese


Crock Pot Fajita Chicken Corn Chowder

I made the Fresh Tomato Sauce and it was delicious! These other 4 are the ones I'm starting with and we will go from there. I feel like I have a ton of energy and I'm feeling really accomplished by the end of the day. I'm liking who I'm turning into! A domesticated house wife :)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Our new bedroom getaway!

We are planning on upgrading our queen bed to a king bed in the next few months, and what better time than that to re-decorate our bedroom?

Lately, I've been obsessing over the black and white with a little bit of gray color combination. This will be our new bedding color scheme. I still have to pick an actual color :) We shall see.

I'm usually a light yellow, beige, scarlet and brown fanatic and most everything in my house falls within those color schemes. Right now our bedroom is light yellow walls with brown curtains, and a DEER quilt bedspread. But I think it'd be nice to mix it up a bit. Chris picked the last scheme and we need a more romantic feel (wink, wink)

Here are a few inspirations I have been looking at: Tell me what you think!
My room inspiration!
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The 3 bedding sets that we are looking at, they are in order of what we like!:
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We were thinking of a really rich red for an accent color!
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Stick on wall art!
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The lamp!
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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Staying Organized 101

I've been researching ways to stay organized and keeping organized. I have found some great FREE printables that have and will get me where I want to be in my organizing adventure. Here are a few of them with the link below:

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Daily Scheduler

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The Eat Sheet: Meal Planner
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Weekly Chore Schedule

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Monday, August 22, 2011

25 Weeks

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Size of baby: Getting bigger and bigger every week!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I've gained 3 lbs

Maternity Clothes: This week yoga pants and tank tops are my norm for the house.

Gender: Boy - We picked a first name and now trying to figure out a middle that we both like!

Movement: I have a circus in my belly!

Sleep: Having to take a cold shower before bed to get cool enough to sleep.

What I miss: Cool weather lol.

Cravings: Fresh tomato's, thank goodness our garden is kicking them out daily!

Symptoms: Feeling like a bloated whale by the end of the day! Cold showers help me out a lot during this wonderful summer heat!

Best moment this week: Coren's almost crawling and has 8 teeth now.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Getting Cleaned and Organized

With baby number 3 on the way, what better time to get in a steady routine of being clean and organized than now?

Over the next few weeks I'm going to write a few posts related to these topics to share things I'm learning as well as get some tips and tricks from any of my readers out there.

First order of business is "Time Management 101."

The other day I was staring at a pile of dishes in my sink, a cluttered living room, unswept floor, and two piles of laundry. I thought to myself, "Where did all of this come from and where did the day go?"

Then I actually thought about it. I'm ashamed to say a huge chunk of my day was spent online. Not all in one sitting of course, but spread out across the day and on my phone too. I think I calculated maybe 2 or 3 hours spent online (maybe more some days) - reading facebook updates, craigslist, reading and deleting emails, reading my favorite blog posts, posting on my own blog....etc.

I was horrified to think I spent so much time online while my house went to heck and back.

So I decided I needed to set a schedule and some limits.

As a preliminary trial run, here is what I'm thinking as far as a schedule. I'm not thinking I will do everything exactly at the time specified, this will just be more of a guideline to try and go by.



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7-8am or 9am Internet time, quiet time for 1 hour to catch up on internet, blogs and facebook ect.

8-10am Make beds, breakfast and a walk with the kids

10-11am Get ready for the day

11-12pm Aidens and Corens nap time- Put one load of laundry in and do one chore (ie. sweep, vacuum, dishes ect.)

12 or 1pm Lunch

12-1pm Playtime

1-2pm Aidens TV time - One chore

2-4pm More playtime, Corens second nap time and one chore

4-6pm Prepare and eat dinner

6-8pm Baths, bedtime, dishes and clean counters

8-9pm Clean up toys from the day and relax with a nice shower

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~ Make Beds

~ All dishes done and counters wiped down before bed

~ 1-2 loads of laundry washed, folded and put away

~ Clutter picked up from common areas

~ Diaper champ taken outside and dumped

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~ Grocery Shopping

~ Sweep/Mop twice a week

~ Clean bathrooms(toilets, sinks, counters, floors and tub/shower

~ Wash and change sheets

~ Kitchen ( scrub microwave, clean out fridge

Our Family Day in Ashland!

We had a blast on Monday when we took all the kids for a whole day in Ashland. We left the house around 11:30am and got back around 8:00pm. Yes I really meant full day. We walked the park from the top duck pond all the way to the plaza. Then after the kids played in the creek we took them to the water park for more fun in the sun. Aiden still loves the water even though he got hurt a few weeks ago at the water park in Medford. This kid has no fear :) Which is a good but also a bad thing lol.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Our Vegas Honeymoon finally!

Oh Vegas...you will always have a special place in my heart. We took an opportunity to have a real honeymoon since mom and dad was so gracious to watch Aiden and Coren. It was a perfect 4 day trip and I thought I'd share a few things that we ended up doing and seeing on and off the strip. Let's tell this story through pictures:

Our pools at the Rio where we stayed!
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Walking the strip!
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Fremont Street, lobster claw machine, winnings and fun!
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Fun things we saw around the different hotels and casinos!
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This was my most favorite place to eat!
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We had a great time together but missed our little ones like crazy. We decided if we go on a trip like this again, babies are going with us :)

24 weeks

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Size of baby: No telling. I feel like I'm already hauling around a watermelon.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I've gained 3 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Maternity jeans and tee shirts are my friends!

Gender: Boy - and do you think Chris and I can decide on a name? Well, this pregnant lady is fickle as a pickle.

Movement: Chris can feel and see my belly moving from little man, he has already kicked my hip out of place once. My wonderful doctor before her 28 day vacation to Ireland put it back in :) Love her!

Sleep: Being doing pretty good with sleep! Coren sleeps almost all night and Aiden well he's not so good haha! Work in progress!

What I miss: Non-granny panties.

Cravings: Hot Dogs!

Symptoms: Feeling like a bloated whale by the end of the day! Cold showers help me out a lot during this wonderful summer heat!

Best moment this week: Aiden potty training really well the last few days!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Aiden and Papa's Garden 8/14

So lately we have been picking at least 1 yellow squash a day along with a few lemon cucumbers. We are still waiting for the beautiful tomato's to turn red (but boy do we have a ton of green one for fried green tomato's lol) Pumpkins are getting big and we have a few months to go. So Excited! The jalapenos are out of control which is great because our homemade salsa is going to be Delicious!
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

22 weeks!

OMGoodness! 22 weeks already, can you believe it? This pregnancy is going fast and I feel pretty good even though I have a 2 year old and a 7 almost 8 month old. These boys keep me busy but they are the loves of my life and couldnt think of what or who I would be without them. I can honestly say my kids have made me a better person. I took a 22 week picture to compare my belly with Aiden, Coren and baby #3. I'm much bigger with baby #3 than I was with Coren.

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Size of baby: 11"

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 3 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Spending my last day in yoga pants!

Gender: Boy

Movement: There's a party in my tummy!

Sleep: I've slept pretty great the past few nights.

What I miss: Feeling cool :)

Cravings: Coffee, don't judge me ha ha

Symptoms: pelvic pressure.

Best moment this week: Family days

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Meet Aidens fish "FISH"

Aiden and papa went to the pet store and picked out this beautiful little fish. Aiden has named him FISH. So cute! He feeds him everyday and just adores his little fish. He put rocks and shells in the fish bowl.

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