Dreaming of the Simple Life


We had amazing neighbors who moved away last fall. They built their dream home on 5 acres. 
When ever we visit them (which happens to be only like a 5 minute drive from out house) I never want to leave. It is so peaceful in the country. I love taking in the views and fresh air. 

It got me and my hubby talking about how we would love to live in the country too. 

I never thought that I would love to have chickens and cows, but I actually do.

I want the simple life. 

I know there is nothing simple about it, in fact it is a lot of work, but it is very rewarding work.

We have started to look for a property- perhaps not 5 acres, but a bit smaller. One day suburbs mama is going to move to the country :)

As long as Amazon delivers me my online orders I am fine, lol :)







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Brother and Sister

"Being a Sister and a Brother, 
Means being there for each other. "




One minute they can be fighting, the next minute they are having a tea party. 
Never the less, they love and care for each other deeply. If I am out shopping with Em, she will ask if she can buy her brother a lollipop because he probably misses us, or when we are all out, Nico will say "ladies first" and lets his sister go first. It is the cutest thing and makes my heart sing with joy. I thank the Lord for such wonderful gifts and pray he blesses them.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.
— Numbers 6:24-26







Is It Time For School Yet?



I love summer! Spending hot days outside, swimming, sunbathing, my small vegetable garden growing, my flowers blooming, playing outside all day long, cooking and eating outside almost everyday....  It is something I dream about on those cold rainy water days. However, I am feeling a fall itch coming on, I am looking forward to the more quiet and relaxed days of the school year, the morning routine of breakfast and schoolwork.  *** Oh, did I tell you that we decided to continue on homeschooling? I went through a bit of rough patch when baby  Will was a newborn, I felt that I just couldn't get "it" all done. But I also didn't feel at peace with sending my kids to public school.
 I have come to realize with God all things are possible and "everything" is never going to get done, that is just the way life is. I have to accept that I have 3 kids and my house will not be spotless for more then 3 minutes, dinner will not always be done in time... and I have to learn that is OK. 
I have noticed that even though the days are "shorter" in the winter, I have more time. I guess I have more free time since we are not outside as often, not working in our yard/garden, not trying to vacuum/wash the sand of the floor for the 100th time that week, not washing the kids 2 times a day because they are so sticky... Plus Baby Will is getting older and likes to play in his stations more, so I am praying that with God's help we will manage. 

  I am really looking forward to new books and new curriculum. I am looking forward to teaching my kids and quite frankly learning alongside with them, because I certainly do not remember everything I learned in school. I was trying to learn a whole new language in elementary school, I couldn't even understand what my teacher was saying in 1st grade having just moved to the US.

I saw all the school supplies out at Target and got very excited. I have always loved to buy new supplies- I remember taking my school supplies out of my backpack a couple times a day leading up to the new school year. Something about crisp folders, clean binders and the smell of new crayons :)

I have finally decided on a curriculum. It took a while but I feel like I made the right choice. 



We are going with Sonlight Complete 1st Grade curriculum. (I just placed my order and can not wait to get it!!) I feel like this curriculum has everything I would need. In other words, it "may" just be complete and I "may" not have to add much to it. I found that with Heart of Dakota with Kindergarten I had to add spelling, geography, additional math, nutrition/health, additional writing, art... But this curriculum seems to have it all. Offcourse I will review it all once I get to use it. 

It is spendy, but my husband said that we should go for it. He said that it costs about $11,000 of our tax dollars to school a child in public school  per year. $893, is just a small percentage of it. Plus I am planning on using this curriculum for the rest of my kids once they reach 1st grade :) 


Speaking of the hubby, he saw me looking at a microscope online, Which I really couldn't justify buying, since my 1st grader probably doesn't "need" one yet. But I kinda wanted one for our family :), in public school, we didn't really get to use a microscope very much, maybe 2-3 times during the year?? I never really got to use it for just exploring and learning what ever I wanted, and creating my own slides. So anyways, Hubby saw that I was looking at one (reading reviews) and he asks me if I am buying it, and I saw "Nah, its to expensive, I am just looking" and he says "You should get it anyways" and "go ahead, buy it" I was so shocked and excited! It doesn't take new shoes or anything fancy to get me happy :) School supplies do the trick. :)







I also ordered some specimen slides:


I can not wait to get everything in the mail. It is going to be an amazing school year!
We are planning on starting school in mid august, that way we should be finished in May and still take a few breaks in between. But for now, we will go and enjoy the rest of our summer. 


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Play Date Lunch


My sister moved back to town recently and we are thrilled! I finally have some family near me. 
That means we can have all those play dates we have always wanted to have. I love that we have kids who are very close in age, my kids love their cousins.

I decided to throw a little play date for my sister and a dear friend, It was my first time cooking and serving a "meal" on my own with a new baby. Usually hubby is here to help with the baby while I cook and prep for company. This time I was on my own and somehow managed :) 

Take a peek into our day....








The kids had a blast, even though it is a lot of work we can't wait to do this again soon. 





Baked Chicken Parmesan




This is one of those classic and delicious recipes which is super easy to make. I like to prep it in the morning/noon and just stick it in the oven before dinner. Everyone in the family loves it.... the sauce, the melted cheese..... Oh its all so good. 

Ingredients

  • 6 thin chicken cutlets (1 pounds total)
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce (my favorite is Trader Joe's 3 Cheese)
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced

Directions


Heat oven to 400ยบ F. 


Season the chicken with salt and pepper.


Place the flour and eggs in separate shallow bowls; in a third shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan. Coat the chicken with the flour, then dip in the eggs (letting any excess drip off), then coat with the bread crumb mixture, pressing gently to help it adhere.


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken in batches until golden brown.


Pour the marinara sauce into a large, shallow baking dish. Top with the chicken and mozzarella.


Bake until bubbling and golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.


Cook some spaghetti and serve right away.

Enjoy!


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Birchbox July 2014



I am always eagerly awaiting my monthly birchbox. It's like a little present for me every month.

Let me tell you what birch box is, just in case you are not familiar with it.
It's a monthly subscription service which is $10.00 a month where you get sent 4-5 high-end samples each month. First you take a little survey so they can find out more about your skin, make up likes and dislikes so they know what to send you.

You then get to try out the products and review them on birchbox.com. For each review you get 10 points. Every 100 points equals $10 you can use in the shop. So if you review your 5 samples each month, thats $5 going back to you to use in the shop. So technically each box costs $5! Now, you can't beat a $5 little present for yourself, now can you? :)

With the birch box, I can try high end products without having to buy full size products. If I love the product, then I can go buy it :)

If you are interested in checking it out, go to Birch Box

Lets see what I got this month:



Jouer Matte Moisterizer (Full Price $38.00)

What BirchBirch Says: This mattifying tint is infused with titanium and zinc dioxides, which deflect both UVA and UVB rays. In addition, it has vitamins A, C, and E to deflect the free radicals that lead to premature aging. A pale beige, Porcelain is best for extremely fair complexions, while Linen is slightly darker and best for light complexions. Nude, a neutral beige, works for light to medium complexions; Chamomile, a golden tone, suits medium to tan complexions; and Hazel, a nutty brown, is perfect for tan to dark complexions.

What I Say: I actually have gotten this sample last year sometime and I bought the full size last summer. Love this tinted moisturizer. I wear it on those days I don't want to wear makeup.... Like when it is 90 degrees outside. I still have some left from last summer, and am using it now. But if anyone wants a tinted moisturizer and your face get oily, this is a great option.