Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crunch Time

After reading Grace's post on crunchiness, I've been subconsciously noticing the little things that are part of our normal routine that may or may not put me on the "crunchy momma" scale. Currently I'd rate myself at a whopping 1. Shocking, I know, since I'm the self-professed "hippy momma" (and yes I know that hippy is not spelled the way it is usually associated with "hippie"; that spelling was taken). There are plenty of things that I know I could be doing to make me crunchier; is mental crunchiness a thing?

Thankfully I'm surrounded by friends and family who are my go-to guru's when it comes to all things natural and healthy. With a limited budget, and an even more limited attention span, I try to keep my little family healthy and close to the earth. I totally give you permission to cringe at that last part about closeness to the earth.

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite hippie/crunchy qualities-

1. Amber bead necklace. I read a lot about these when Toby was small and at the recommendation of a friend, I ordered one from Etsy. Since Toby is my first I don't really have anything to compare with but I do think the amber bead necklace was a huge help when he was teething. When we were deep in the trenches of teething, I could definitely tell a difference on the days that he was wearing the necklace (wanting snuggles, but not fussy) versus the days when I forgot to put it on him (crankiness to the max). My biggest tip if you're planning on trying one for you wee one- make sure they wear it all the time, even bath time. It gives the healing properties in the amber time to build up in their little bodies.
cerca 2012

2. Natural First Aid. Any time one of us has a stuffy nose or an unhappy tummy, I get a small surge of adrenaline from looking up ways to treat our ailments with essential oils, natural or homeopathic remedies. Last week when Toby was sick I learned from my mom that wrapping apple cider vinegar-soaked towels around the legs can lower a fever really well (it is not lost on me at all that I've been super blessed with a mommy who is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things healthy!). Derek and I were just noting the other day that our medicine cabinet is made up mostly of supplements, tinctures, and essential oils. Our house smells like Whole Foods.

3. We get good fat. I stopped buying olive oil a few months back when our local Costco started carrying avocado oil. It is a little spendy, but the benefits are awesome. It's easy to cook with, a little goes a long way, and personally I don't think it has "a taste".  Olive oil isn't bad for you, but the nutritional benefits in avocado oil is much higher. For baking I often replace butter with coconut oil, and even cook with it sometimes; I say sometimes because coconut oil does have "a taste" so I only cook with it if the recipe goes well with coconut. Derek and I have recently started blending coconut oil in our coffee and it actually tastes really good, like a latte.

4. Derek says I dress like a hippie.  I lost momentum with this post so I asked Derek in what ways we are crunchie and he said I dress like a hippie sometimes. I don't know what his definition of hippie apparel is, but apparently I'm rockin' it all. It's true that on particularly bad hair days I'll hide the mess under a scarf, and I guess jersey knit maxi skirts are the modern hippie woman signature. I take his observation as a compliment :)

In what ways are you a "crunchie hippie"? Share below, I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Monsoon Madness

The monsoons are in full force here in the desert. Last week there was a nice little downpour so Derek took Toby outside to experience "wain", as Toby calls it.

Our modest attempt at rain water harvesting.
Our wet 'n' wild fun was cut short when the lightening and thunder started. Some lightening struck on a hill that we can see from our backyard, about a mile away. I said "nope" and we all hightailed it inside, much to Toby's disappointment. One day you'll learn why you don't want to get zapped, Little Man.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Ten on Ten

I'm back from my blogcation! This week I was really happy to get all ten photos for this month's Ten on Ten. It had been a long week; Toby got a stomach bug so we were deep in the trenches of poop and puke. Poop I can handle, puke not so much. By the time the 10th rolled around The Tobes was on the mend, all though a little low energy. It was nice to have a day of snuggles and taking time to notice the beauty around me.

1. A welcome smile, after a couple rough days.
2. I finally got around to trying coconut oil blended in my coffee. It was actually pretty good, it tasted like a latte.
3. Little man trying on momma's shoes.
4. Summer reading. 
5. Star Wars wisdom.
6. Toby insisted on eating his popsicle inside of his laundry basket.
7. Blueberries.
8. Sometimes it's nice to see toys all over the floor.
9. Dinner.
10. Summer skies.

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


We've been pretty busy the past couple of weeks with filming weddings, vacationing, swimming lessons, and trying to do it all while we're getting into the nitty gritty of life with a two year old. It's definitely a lot of fun, but it's exhausting too. I can't tell you how many times in the last three minutes that I've acknowledged to Toby that he is pretending to be a garbage truck. About a million.

Anyways, we're almost at a point of getting into a relaxed summer routine which will give me a little more time to blog. Until then, feel free to peruse my Pinterest boards, which has become my nightly decompression therapy so there's lots to see there. And of course there's always beloved Instagram.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

San Diego Trip

Last week we went on a trip with Derek's family to San Diego. This was the first long distance trip we had made with Toby since he was a newborn (with a newborn, a 5 hour trip quickly turns into a 9 hour trip when you have a hungry babe wailing in the back every 2 hours) so I was looking forward to getting out of the desert for a while.

We got to go to Legoland, Toby's first theme park.

The first ride we did was a little boat ride that had lots of cool models of different landmarks, all made out of Legos. I thought it was highly intriguing, but Toby seemed less enthused.

We went on a little airplane ride which Toby was much more pleased with...

...and then he had to ride it a billion times (okay I'm probably exaggerating just a tad) . Being on the trip with Derek's parents was awesome because they were more than happy to take Toby on the kiddie rides while Derek and I went off on a "big kid" ride; which was really just a Lego jeep roller coaster that we waited in line for about 45 minutes while the ride itself lasted a whole 1.395 minutes. But we're big kids at heart and it didn't go around in circles so we were happy clams.

Star Wars is very important in our house. Derek felt strongly about making sure that we visited the Star Wars Miniland.

 Toby is really into "choo choo's" (aka trains) right now so he was uber thrilled when we went on a mini train ride.

We tried to get a picture of Pappa with the grandkiddos but as you can see the boys were none too pleased with being restrained for photo documentation of the day.

The next day we went to the beach and friends, it was awesome.

 Am I right?

Toby was a little apprehensive about the waves at first, but eventually he went from coiling his feet to running full force into the water.

Sorry, I could not get enough pics of the ocean.

I interrupted sandcastle time and asked him to say "cheese". He's getting used to having a camera shoved in his face a lot.

(I don't know who that random dude in the background is but I feel bad for him because that water cooooldIt was chilly but being the photo hog I am I wrapped Tobes in a towel and asked Derek to snap a pic.

Toby did really well on the road trip both ways, only a couple of minor meltdowns. Nothing that "Frozen" (or "no-man" as Toby calls it) couldn't fix. All and all it was a wonderful trip and we can't wait for the next one!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Over But Not Over

Yesterday was Zuri's due date. The whole day felt really strange; I was distracted most of the day by lots of questions swirling in my head. Mostly wondering what Zuri would have looked like had she been born healthy (full-term) and if she had lived. With the due date passing it feels like the end of a chapter, but at the same time I know I'm still on this journey of finding a new normal.

Derek was sweet and arranged for us to go out on a date. We dropped Toby off with my in-laws and we went out for dinner and a movie. It was nice to spend some alone time with Derek, we needed it.

For some reason today was harder than yesterday. But as always, God is faithful to give me the words to say to Him when I feel so empty and weak. I went on a walk earlier and this song came on as soon as I opened Pandora on my phone. Totally sums up the constant prayer of my heart.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ten on Ten

Linking up with Rebekah for this month's Ten on Ten.

1. Settling into the morning.

2. A little project I worked on for a friend.

3. Kickin' it.

4. Getting ready to go out.

5. Open skies.

6. Unintentional art by my toddler.

7. Intentional art by my toddler.

8. Another day coming to a close.

9. The dudes.

One day I'll get ALL ten, on ten.