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getting out......

getting out......

 

getting out......

 

getting out......

 

getting out......

 

getting out......

 

getting out......

 

getting out......

 

getting out......

 

getting out......

 

We found a really nice place to adventure just a few minutes from the house.

Hiking in the woods is one of my favorite things to do.... even when the kids grumble or whine about being tired. There is something so good about getting out and pressing on. Feeling your feet hit the earth beneath you as you listen to the forest.

This trail, in the middle of town, was far bigger than I expected and I admit..... my adventuring bug got the better of me. With no snacks or water the little guy was on the verge of falling apart near the end.... but it was nice and cool in the woods and we pressed on. Little bridges and large rocks to climb saved the day. I knew he could do it, and he did. 

After a two hour loop we got back to the car. All full of that good kind of feeling that only comes from moving your body. 

After guzzling down cool water Luke wipes his arm across his face and looks at me. "Mama, Daddy would love this forest. But next time we need snacks."

Indeed.

 


this is it......

The weekend was super full of good times with my cousin and we explored some great little shops in Providence. I'm still kind of blown away that I can buy scallops at the farmer's market. Of course, I didn't this trip because I'm waiting for a certain somebody to get here. We're down to about 11 days. It's really been a long couple of weeks.

And speaking of full things.... the hard drive on my computer is also full. Which means there are about a zillion pictures on there that I need to take off and put onto an external hard drive. Does anyone else loathe this process? I do. I really, really do.

But unless you're all okay with this becoming a words only blog, it's got to be done. 

I wish I had something else to tell you. Something exciting. But this is it.

Wait, I didn't show you the little kids room. Hold on....

Here are a few photos of the process. 

 

this is it......

 

this is it......

 

this is it......

 

this is it......

 

this is it......

 

this is it......

 

Fresh paint is so good, right? And Painting the ceiling is always worth the extra effort. Lucky for me they agreed the green was just as good as the dark blue they originally wanted. Phew~

Luke & Sophie are sharing a room for the time being. I imagine this will be short lived.... but it works really well for us now. The lamps, chair, curtains, and small bedside dresser were all left at the house. As I clear space I find at least three things to give away for each item we keep..... but I'm still grateful for the useful stuff. (especially the old stoneware bowls in mint condition.... that's another blog post!) The bedding is Ikea.... purchased in a overstimulated-rat-in-a-maze-with-too-much-fluorescent-lighting kind of moment. That place is intense. I can only handle it once every few years.

So.... do have any artwork suggestions? I was thinking of these. Or something like them. I love the look of something strung up on the wall like that....... if I could only find the alphabet in the form of mythical beasts and vikings. That would be so perfect for the little guy. I'm also considering one of those paper star lamps hung from the ceiling. Have you seen them?

Okay, I guess that really is it now.

I'll be back tomorrow with some outdoor adventure photos..... so long as this taking pictures off the computer thing goes well.

See you then~

xo,

s

 


fiddleheads + weekend link love.....

fiddleheads + weekend links......

 

Fiddleheads + Potatoes + Garlic = so delicious

 

My cousin flew in for the weekend and we're hoping to explore the city of Providence.... with kids in tow. It should be interesting. Aside from the market does anyone know of a fantastic place to have lunch that isn't crazy expensive? We'd love some ideas....

In other random news, my most favorite yarn store is now online. I know you've heard me gush about how much I love that place and now you can take a peek too. Go ahead, I'll wait for you to get back.

This list of books makes me smile.

This modern quilt show is amazing. Truly.

Some of you have asked about good Bunny information.... this is our favorite website.

This t-shirt is a little naughty..... and it makes me laugh.

We're on a veggie burger kick here & this one is next on the list to try.

I've been looking for a local CSA and found this one and this one. In the process of finding these I found tons of pick your own blueberry and apple farms. If you can imagine me jumping up and down... that is exactly what I did. It seems all around us is orchards and farms... very exciting stuff. Are there any local-ish folks who read this little blog that know of a place they love? Do share.....

I guess that's it.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

xo,

s

 


sorrel + lupine......

sorrel + lupine

 

sorrel + lupine

 

sorrel + lupine

 

sorrel + lupine

 

sorrel + lupine

 

We have two very sweet and over the top cute new additions to the family.

Sophie picked out the name Lupine weeks ago when we told her she could have a rabbit in the new house..... and Jade named the white one Sorrel. The girls in true kid fashion have spent the last week researching all things rabbit. They can tell what they should eat, shouldn't eat, proper bedding, the importance of toenail clipping, potty training, rabbit behavior and so on......

We've never had rabbits as pets.... and while I mostly see them as little poop-makers-for-my-garden next spring, the girls are truly smitten. They are such quiet, sweet little creatures.

Any other bunny lovers out there?

 

ps ~ i'm donating all shop profits through friday to victims of the tornadoes in oklahoma..... 

 


welcome to the sunroom.....

Let's be honest.

Unpacking sucks stinks.

Add the regular tasks of full time mama, homemaker, homeschooler..... along with the added task of solo parenting make it even harder. For all you mamas (parents in general really) that do this solo full time, you have my utmost admiration. 

I hoped to finish a room a week while Joe was in Louisiana (go ahead, laugh.) However, I am not. And honestly, the little guy and I both ended up with colds. Again. Which is surely my body's way of letting me know I was over doing it. So I'm taking it much more slowly.... if I get a box or two a week unpacked from here on out, I'm okay with that. Painting the entire house can wait. Scuff marks add character. Dreams and plans are good.... but it all takes time.

This all came to me as I was unpacking our treasures and setting them up in the sunroom. Box of tissues and tea at my side. Sneezing. Sometimes being forced to slow down is good.....

 

welcome to the sunroom.....

 

welcome to the sunroom.....

 

welcome to the sunroom.....

 

welcome to the sunroom.....

 

welcome to the sunroom.....

 

welcome to the sunroom.....

 

welcome to the sunroom.....

 

Do you see all that light? And those green leaves? I really love it. 

Unpacking treasured bits is the nicest sort of unpacking. I lined them up in the windows and we used two glass bowls left at the house to display the shells and beach glass. I have more beach glass from last summer. Somewhere..... As it came together I commented to my big girl that it looked like someone had actually lived here awhile now.... she laughed and said well you have lived awhile.

I'll admit, I first set up this room completely toy free. But I quickly decided that toy clutter was in order. This means it looks like the above photo quite a lot too. Which is also good.

Today I plan to convince the youngest to drink copious amounts of tea while I rearrange boxes in the apartment space so I can get the sewing machines out of their boxes. Yes, I think that sort of unpacking is long overdue....

 


~mindful monday~

~mindful monday~

morning.....

 

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mind.ful = conscious or aware of something

Something that speaks to your heart and leaves you feeling beautifully grounded right where you are. If you'd like to share yours.... please leave a link in your comment below for others to discover.

 

happy monday friends,

~stephinie

 


a little friday link love

beginning to feel like home......

 Treasures in my window, a little sneak peek of the sunroom that is now mostly unpacked.

 

I thought I'd pop in for a little Friday link love::


Have you seen this e-course for summer fun ideas with your kiddos? It looks wonderful. Super great line-up of contributors. I signed us up for both classes here.

Rachel made the cutest sunhat. And she shared the pattern too! Perfect for tiny precious bits in your stash.

On Etsy : succulent plants + seed bombs + green. So fun, right?

Thinking that the fresh sunroom space could use some of these. Aren't they lovely?

Yum. (sub tempeh for vegetarians!)

YOU are fabulous. Just saying.


What have you read or seen or cooked or made that's been good lately? Do share....

Have a great weekend~

xo,

s

 

ps ~ congrats to Kim who won the giveaway for a spot in Heather's 30 Day Vegan class with me. This weekend is your last chance to sign up. Hope to see you in class!

  


a rainy morning.....

a rainy morning.....

 

a rainy morning.....

 

a rainy morning.....

 

a rainy morning.....

 

a rainy morning.....

 

a rainy morning.....

 

a rainy morning.....

 

a rainy morning.....

 

I've been grateful for the rain that has come and gone and come again in the past few days.

It's helped in the daily watering for the grass we're trying to grow out front. The house had a new septic put in right before we moved in, so the lovely grassy yard I saw in photos was a fresh field of dirt + grass seed when we arrived. Any help Mother Nature gives me in remembering to water is greatly appreciated.

Best of all though, the rain has helped to turn the tangle of brown into a soft blanket of green.

Green, green, everywhere. 

I wandered through the woods damp with dew and rain one morning. Checking on the compost pile. Finding blueberry blossoms. Wondering what the vine-y leafy plant is in the last photo.... any guesses? These pictures are from a few days ago and already the forest looks different. The last bit of the curled fiddle-heads are now gone. Unfurled. Isn't that a great word?

I see the tiny patch of woods in our new backyard and realize that we have walked into a storybook. One of my favorites, in fact. I half expect Sam & Stella to show up and ask Luke & Sophie to play.

Of course, most days I have my very own Sam & Stella. Building forts. Exploring. Making this bit of forest their own vast wilderness. Becoming unfurled, as little people do.....

xo,

s

 


soup - and a chance to join me in class

soup - and a chance to join me in class

 

soup - and a chance to join me in class

 

Over the past few years I have enjoyed taking both of Heather's classes. Her holistic approach to food and kind heart make hanging out in her kitchen good for your body + soul. She has such an open come as you are approach to sharing food with others. I'm sure she pulls much of her experience as a yoga teacher to share nutrition with others..... her classes feel like food yoga!

Needless to say, when I found out the recipes for the next 30 Day Vegan class were all new.... I signed right up. I joined early to bring a friend, and one of you will get to be that friend! So after you take a peek at this super yummy vegan soup recipe, leave a comment here and tell me why you'd love to join me for class. I'll pick a winner Thursday evening. Class starts the 20th! If you've been on the fence about taking any class from Heather, I totally encourage you to sign up... it's well worth the investment in yourself.

And now...... the soup:

2 small onions, diced
1 heaping tsp italian seasoning
1 scant tsp paprika
4 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
1/4 cup quinoa
1  28 ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cans water (28 ounce)
1  14 ounce can pinto beans
3 cups chopped broccoli
1 cup chopped spinach 
2-3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
red pepper flakes
 
saute onions in olive oil until tender, add spices, garlic + a splash of olive oil and saute a few more minutes
 
add 1/4 cup quinoa, tomatoes & water. simmer ten minutes.
 
add broccoli & beans, simmer 3-4 minutes or until broccoli is just tender.
 
add chopped spinach and simmer one minute until it's barely wilted.
 
add 2-3 Tbsp nutritional yeast just before serving. excellent topped with red pepper flakes if you love some heat.
 
if you need a heartier meal, double the beans and serve it with a scoop or two of hot rice. my little kids ate two bowls of this for lunch!
 
remember, soup is flexible! you could swap any greens in place of the spinach. add more veggies. swap green beans or zucchini from the garden for the broccoli. this is the perfect clean out the produce drawer kind of soup. in fact, that is exactly how it was invented! (serves 4-6)
 
 
soup - and a chance to join me in class
 
Enjoy!!
 
 
** congratulations to Kim who won! (number chosen via random.org)**
If you are interested in joining class, you can still sign up this weekend! Last Call for signing up here.
   

to all the mamas.....

to the mama's

 

I can't even really put into words how much I love this picture. That's me on my second birthday..... and that is my mama..... a decade younger than I am right now. If love could be captured on film, it was here. That smile on her face...... it just gets me all choked up. 

Wishing all you hard working mama's a very lovely day. Hopefully filled with some handmade cards and gifts that make you smile.... our a phone call with a mama you love that fills your heart up a bit.

Love you Mom!! 

xo~

s