Best of 2016

Can you believe that 2017 is here? A new year always makes me excited for a fresh start with new goals and exciting projects. Plus of course, looking back at the past year for smiles and memories.

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 2016 started off with a bang earlier than expected. Baby Bronson landed earth side on the 21st of January; three weeks ahead of his guess date.

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Our families came from far and wide to greet the new addition.

img_3354We knew we had a few things to learn, but Charles and I were up for the challenge.

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Even my dog Audrey tried to help take care of the new baby.

As this little guy started to grow….

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So did the laundry….

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When Bronson was 3 months old, his JJ and Pawpaw came to visit again.

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Bronson started traveling at an early age. This was his first road trip…

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and he met his older cousin who was really excited to meet him… at first….

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Then he had a change of heart. LOL

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When Bronson was 5 months old, we learned that we were moving across the country to Las Vegas.

So we packed our bags and hopped on Bronson’s first flight…

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He didn’t even mind the layover.

Once we made it to the land of sand and stone, we took advantage of all the fun outdoor things the area had to offer…

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and we went to visit an old mining town where Bronson was a hit.

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The first Thanksgiving feast was pretty exciting too.

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After Thanksgiving, we got ready for baby’s first Christmas…

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but since Bronson was a seasoned traveler, we flew back home to celebrate Christmas with family.

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And now it’s 2017 and Bronson just had his first birthday!

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I can’t wait for this year to be even bigger and better.

Stay tuned!

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House of Christmas

If you search nordic Christmas decor on Pinterest, you will unlock the key to the beauty of a Scandinavian holiday. This rustic, minimal and cozy style is the signature look throughout Scandinavia. As people who survive winter in the Arctic Circle, who better to incorporate these simple elements of the season.

Oh, this idea excited me so!

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DIY + Holiday Spa Bath Gifts

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It’s Christmas time!!!!

It’s official, Starbucks has put out their holiday cup, Target is a mad house on the weekends, and the radio stations are playing nonstop Christmas music. Yep, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Have you watched Love Actually, brought back the elf, or put up the tree yet? You have? Welcome to the elite team of holiday overachievers. I’m just picking on you. Maybe you have it all together or, maybe you are the one waking up in the middle of the night because, CRAP! you forgot to move the elf again!!! No matter what side you land on, most if not all of us, will be on the hunt for gifts. And while Amazon gets a good workout around this time of year at my house too, I wanted to give some sustainable gifts as well.

After Halloween, I roasted and pureed our ol’ Jack-O-lantern since I didn’t want to waste that beautiful pumpkin. That left me with an abundance of pumpkin puree. Not a bad thing since I froze a good portion to use for Thanksgiving, but I was still left wondering how I could use it all. That is when I remembered that pumpkin is full of wonderful enzymes that are great for the skin. And who doesn’t love pumpkin everything, right?

Below are two recipes that I whipped up.

I think they would make great sustainable gifts.

Spice Milk Bath

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Supplies:

1/2 cup oatmeal or oat flour

1 cup powdered milk

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (I make my own with this recipe)

What to do:

The first thing I needed to do was to make oat flour. This is as easy as can be. I added 1/2 cup of oatmeal to a food processor and pulsed until it was a fine powder.

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Next, add all ingredients into a jar and shake it all up. You can always leave the milk bath in the jar that you used to make it. I found milk bottles at the Target dollar spot for $3 for a pack of two and thought that was a nice touch. This recipe filled up one and a half of the bottles.

Pumpkin Pie Body Scrub

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Supplies:

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree

2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon vanilla

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Oil (I used coconut oil, almond, and vitamin E oil but you could use any natural oil)

What to do:

The exact measurements of sugar and oil are not necessary. I mixed the sugar scrub to consistency. Add the sugar first, then pumpkin, spices, vanilla and lastly, add the oil a little at a time. You want the mixture to hold its form when you grab a spoonful and put it into  your hand. Add more sugar if it is too oily and more oil if it is too dry.

I had to double the recipe to almost fill this giant jar that I found at the Target dollar spot.

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I am going to tell you to be prepared to make an extra batch of both of these for yourself. It is hard to resist a hot bath on a chilly winter night. And when you come out smelling like pumpkin pie, you will be hard to resist too.

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Me being a little ridiculous with the pumpkin from head to toe, literary. Pumpkin hair mask, pumpkin face mask, and later a pumpkin foot mask.

Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? Are you ready for the holidays? Have you decked the halls? Tell me how your holiday season is going for you.

Also, let me know in the comments if you are interested in the other pumpkin recipes that I tried out.