Friday, November 30, 2012

A package with benefits

I got a package this week.  And it's going to benefit you!

When I saw the box with the cardinal label I was simply delighted.  I knew what it is from the aroma, but that didn't keep me from wondering how it was packed and what other goodies they might have enclosed.  

It's wasn't sparkly jewelry, gourmet gluten-free goodies or fresh flowers that made my day.   In this case it was soap.  Yep,  that stuff you wash your hands and your kids mouths out with.  Fragrant, handmade fabulous soap.  

Graham Garden's soap is so mild and moisturizing you can use it on your face.  Most people don't know I have Lupus and as a result very sensitive skin. No need for special cleansing lotion and scrubs with unknown, unprounoucable ingredients.  Best part, no rashes or reactions and my skin is silky soft.  Oh and the ingredients?  Not a single, solitary un-biodegradable thing!  

Since I found them about a year ago I've been blown away by the personal touches they put in every shipment. Don't even get me started on their quick email correspondence.  I'm not going to tell you every great thing about my package since I want you to run on over to their site, click around all their products and fall in love yourself!

So, I'll be giving away a bar of this fabuloussoap to one {lucky} winner.  All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you'd like to try the most and sign up for their newsletter! They'll be sending out a discount code in the next week or two (but already offer buy 4 get 1 free!); totally worth giving up your email address for...

Winner will be chosen and notified December 10

Enough IS Enough

Scrolling through Facebook this morning, I stumbled across this excerpt from one of my all-time favorite books, The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan. This reminder could not have come at a better time.

I don't know about where you live, but out here in the 'burbs this time of year - and by "this time of year" I mean the 2 weeks before Halloween through December 31 - continues to swell with increasing frenzy. 

The Pinterest Effect? The decorations inside, the decorations outside. The homemade treats and appliqued matching t's for the scrubbed and perfect children. Orange and black tulle morphs overnight into hay bales and pumpkin vignettes, and then before the turkey carcass is thrown away (or boiled into homemade stock for the Martha Stewart turkey stew), red and green lights are strewn on the shrubs, the house and the 3 perfectly designed Christmas trees.

And the Elf on the DAMN Shelf. What started as a sweet, simple story about an elf who moves around your house during the month of December, is now a one-upmanship free for all of epic proportions. I don't need anything else to clean up, especially the mess made by an imaginary creepy-looking elf on a surveillance mission authorized by St. Nick.

Wasn't one carved pumpkin and store bought candy enough? Wasn't Santa and 1 decorated tree and a stocking for each person enough?  How can the ever-increasing fabulousness level be sustained year after year?

I have always subscribed to the "Whatever Works for You" parenting philosophy. If decorating every surface of your house (and car), 6 trees, a mischievous elf, homemade everything, countless gifts wrapped in handprinted paper with coordinating ribbon works for you, rock on. For me, enough IS enough.

Our kids foraged Halloween costumes from the playroom and we passed out Snickers and Twizzlers to trick or treaters from our porch decorated with an UNCARVED pumpkin. As of this writing, not one Christmas decoration has been retrieved from the attic and our Elf on the Shelf hasn't shown up. And I am OK with that.

Another day, another story,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Garland of Gratitude

I'm so not crafty.  I'm not anti, just don't really have many original ideas, so when a dear friend recommended I blog about this Garland of Gratitude I hesitated.  The idea of a rag garland came from Instagram, but adding gratitude tags to it was entirely my own. 

The basic rag garland itself was bbirthed from an afternoon of linen closet purging.  Instead of giving every old pillow case and sheet to Goodwill, I ripped the brightly colored ones into different lengths and widths and tied them onto some kite string I found in the bottom of our {very messy} coat closet.  I don't have a picture of the finished product, but couldn't believe how a simple non-craft could change the look of our mantle. 

Another Emily (surely you already subscribe to her blog?!) sent out a link for these fabulous little gratitude tags. 

Before breakfast and supper, I set one tag at each person's place.  We'd pass pens around filling out our meal tickets before getting served.  While they brushed their teeth or fed the animals I added all the filled in tags to our Gratitude Garland. 

I loved 'bruthers', but my favorite was penned by butterbain: 'a lovee mom.'

Do you and your family practice gratitude?

linked to WFMW

Saturday, November 17, 2012

How the Snake Got His Rattle

He stole it from the strong babies.

Another day, another story,

Monday, November 5, 2012

You might be a boy mom if

There are times the weight of raising the opposite sex hits me right over the head.  And there are little blinking lights, bright and kind reminders I get to walk this unique road. All I could think this morning is "you might be a boy mom smile and understand this part of the nine year old's breakfast prayer:

"And please God let us get to blow up something today!!" 

He squeezed that earnest request right between thank you for this food, God and please bless...

I felt like the boy mom point was being cosmically underlined when today finished reading and discussing Scots, wha hae after supper. 

Embracing reality -


Thursday, November 1, 2012

31 days of Wholefood Breakfast: BACON


A treat that involves no baking, measuring or stirring.
Just pure enjoyment!

"Bacon" by LimaBain

Oh bacon!  Meaty strips of hog!
Never be wasted on a dog!
Faithfully you should be savored!
In my head you are so favored!
You come in such a packaged log!
You make my head go in the fog.

"Bacon" by StringBain

O bacon!  Meaty strips of hog
Soon for thee I will write a blog
I smell your beauty, taste your grease
In me you awaken a beast
Hungrier than a half starved dog
Whoever dislikes thee I flog!

Works of art, every one.


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