Favorites Friday: One Sweet Festival

Last week I was able to attend the One Sweet Festival. It was amazing! All the dessert in one place, SIGN ME UP! I thought I would share what my favorite desserts were from the night. So without further adieu:

  • Pop N Dot: Scott tried the Baby Shark and I had the Spongebob. I loved mine. Scott enjoyed his.
  • Cowboy Donuts: We brought a half dozen home for the kids. And they ate them before I could get photos!
  • Dough Gods: Their name says it all. In fact we went back for SECONDS! Their Chocolate Chip is to die for. I have thought several times about finding them and getting more… Oliver loved it!

I wish I had room to try everything there, but I got full fairly fast on dessert for Dinner!

Small Farmhouse Pantry Reveal

One Saturday last month I knew I needed to do a pantry clean. You know, the kind that you pull everything out, throw away anything expired, wipe the shelves… The whole 9 yards. School was starting and I wanted to get my pantry back to functional for kids to make school lunches, find snacks… All the things.

I pulled everything out with Courtney’s help. I started cleaning. I started organizing. Then I went to Pinterest. Of course I wanted to see if there was some organization trick that someone had that would work for me. It escalated quickly. The next thing I knew was the shelves we had in the pantry were getting ripped out. The baseboard was coming off. I had food all over my counters and table. There was no way to cook on the stove. I couldn’t see the stove!

I had found a few ideas of what I wanted on Pinterest (of course). I saw THIS one and loved the look of the bead board, black supports and wood. And then I saw another PIN with ideal measurements for spacing the shelves. And we got to work.

We were trying to figure out the “counter height” shelf when Scott suggested that we do a concrete countertop and a shelf under the brackets holding the concrete up. I was instantly on board! Scott even thought ahead and ran an electrical outlet in to the pantry so we could put the microwave in there!

If you remember the concrete entry table Scott built me last year, it is so similar. I am so happy with his idea and the way it pulled the whole pantry together.

I love how everything turned out. I love how much more storage space there is. We will be able to add 2 more shelves to this small space once we get the bottom shelf put in. The walls with the shelves are 4 feet from corner to corner, it is a really small space, but I feel like it has been utilized well.

Stay tuned for more details in a future post!

Preschool: My Feelings

Can we talk about how fast kids grow up? Claire will be 4 next month. This has gone by so fast. We are so blessed to have someone in our neighborhood who does a preschool two days a week. Mrs. Heidi is hard to get in to. I got Claire on the list when I was pregnant with Oliver for this year. So nearly 18 months!

When our local elementary school opened up 3-year old preschool I thought it would be perfect if Claire could go there and to her other preschool. So we signed her up! Last week was her first full week of 4 days at school. She was tired. She was napping. I had quite afternoons!

The first week of preschool at the elementary school, Claire missed the first day from being sick, but I am happy she recovered quickly so she could attend the other day that week!

I have a kid in preschool, a kid in junior high and a kid in high school. This is so not what I thought would be happening in my life at this stage, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Oliver needs to stay little for longer.

Daily Journaling: French Kiss Life

Last month I was perusing Pinterest. And like always there was a pin about Paris. Or something French. This tends to be how my feed looks. Pinterest knows about my infatuation with France.

I clicked the link and it took me to a podcast. The French Kiss Life Podcast. I was so interested. So I subscribed and started to download episodes from the beginning. That day I happened to have a lot of driving happening. So I had the time to listen.

Over the course of several days I had listened to over 20 episodes. One stuck out to me. It was about a daily journal practice that the host does. I found the blog post on her website. And decided to start doing this every morning. I haven’t been perfect at doing it daily, but I have noticed how it has helped to change my perspective when I do. Now that we are in to a school routine and life has settled down I am hoping to be more consistent with this style of journaling.

Do you journal? Do you have a daily routine for journaling? What helps you to focus on positives and feel goods?

Weight Loss Goals

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Oliver was born in April of 2018. He’s nearly 17 months old. I am not back to my pre-pregnancy weight at all. I breastfeed my babies for the first year, so I don’t limit my foods (I could control what I eat way better) and those post-pregnancy cravings are REAL!

Now that I have Oliver weaned, now that I feel more comfortable in my role as a mother of 4, now that I feel more in control of my emotions (hormones) I feel like I am in a spot to finally get myself back.

What am I doing?

  • Working out: I am going to the gym at least 5 mornings a week and getting on the elliptical for half an hour. I am going to Dirtylicious Dance classes at my local gym.
  • Eating: I am working on what I put in my body. This is such a work in progress for me. I have been emotionally eating since I found out I was pregnant with Oliver 2 years ago.
  • Positive Thoughts: I have been so mean to my body. I haven’t thought kindly of it. I have talked awful about my looks. THIS will not help my brain and heart love myself. I have to rewire my brain to think happy and good thoughts of myself.

My ultimate goal is to be healthy. Losing weight is a great bonus, losing inches will make me feel more comfortable in my clothes, and in the end I will feel confidence. But really, being healthy as a woman, a mother and human is what is important to me.

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Social Media Education – Grow your BUSINESS

Are you a small business? Are you an entrepreneur? Are you starting out in the world of social media to build a brand?

If you answered yes (or even NO) to those questions you should come to the Back 2 Business: Social Media Education event this Thursday in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Not in Utah? We have you covered: You can get a ticket to the ZOOM live broadcast of the event. You will even get the same discounts offered to our in person guests.

At this event you will:

  • Education: Workshops for +Instagram Stories & Content Planning, +Branding, +Dressing for Photos & Image Consulting
  • Makeup: Have your makeup done by a Maskcara makeup artist. (Add-on option)
  • Headshots: Emily Pearl Photography will be joining us to take headshots for you! (Add-on option)
  • SHOPPING (including discounts)
  • GIVEAWAY: 1 hour clarity call with Tess O’Driscoll + 3 months of FREE membership to Social Sisterhood Elite ($180 value)

Get your tickets HERE!

FALLing in Love With Farmhouse Decor

School is in session, that means it is fall right???

I know the temperatures are HOT still. And it will probably be an Indian summer, but I love decorating for Autumn.

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When I saw the CUTEST welcome mat at Joann’s I had the perfect vision for it at my door step. I ordered a black and white buffalo plaid rug to go under it. I love having a TON of pumpkins on my front steps and porch. Of course they aren’t ready just yet… I am counting down the days until my favorite little garden has theirs for sale.

A lot of my decor has come from the Target Dollar Spot over the last several years. I have been trying to keep my fall decor more neutral in color so it doesn’t get overwhelming and (dare I say) old by the time Thanksgiving is over. As I find stuff this year I will share in my Instagram Stories, so make sure you are following me there!

In July, Scott made this cute box out of the wood from the pallets I got for free WAY BACK in May. I asked him to put a couple little shelves in it so I can use it on the from porch. I think it turned out perfectly. I will add some cute little pumpkins to this area as well. I got the little yellow mums at Walmart for $1.27! I am going to have to go back and pick up some of the bigger ones to go on my stairs.