12.18.2014

Hey, an outfit post!

An outfit post? Yep! Why not?! This is what I wore today to run errands and pick up the kids from school.Shane took the pictures for me. Thanks little fella!
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Pants, t shirt- thrifted /  Birks- hand me downs from my mom / sweater- gift from Shannon / earrings- gift from and made by Milla
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I was happy to wear this sweater today. It's usually not cold enough for really warm sweaters but today was pretty chilly and it has a deer on it, which made me feel festive, so I wore it.
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I hope you all are staying sane through these last several days before Christmas! Anyone have any fun solstice plans?

♥ anne

12.17.2014

Sometimes all that is necessary to calm the nerves is a walk outside to watch the sunset. Maybe with a beer in your hand and a babe on your chest.
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♥ anne

12.16.2014

Banjo

On Sunday Alex went up to the convent with my mom to pick up the Christmas wreaths she had ordered. They have many animals there and are always looking to find homes for some of their cats (my mom has brought home 2 over the years). All the kids have been wanting another cat after Noel got stolen so Alex picked out this cutie. We decided on Banjo for his name :)
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He is a sweetie and very loving. Ruben and I are allergic to him but I know after he's been with us for awhile we will adjust. Anyway, welcome to your new home little fella!

♥ anne

12.12.2014

New Wall Hangings and Macrame Plant Hangers

I've been making some new wall hangings this week that are currently for sale in my shop! The two below feature marbled beads that I made which are hanging from a rustic branch.
I also made two new macrame plant hangers that look so good simply hanging on the wall. Of course, they'd also look wonderful hanging from the ceiling! Having options is always nice, don't ya think?

You can check it all out here!

♥ anne

12.11.2014

Easy Handmade Gift

Thanks to Pinterest, I've found yet another easy, adorable project- Hand Shaped Ring Dishes! Now this is a DIY for anyone, even someone who feels a bit craft challenged :)
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I'm thinking they'd look good painted gold or I might have the kids paint them themselves for added specialness. I know Granny is going to love them regardless!
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For complete instructions go here.

Have you made any gifts this year? Please share!

♥ anne

12.09.2014

San Juan Capistrano Mission

Yesterday we spent the morning at the beautiful San Juan Capistrano Mission. I hadn't been there in a couple years and it was good to go back especially on The Feast of The Immaculate Conception.
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Marianne was very happy (although she doesn't look like it in this picture) to be wearing matching vests. She certainly has her own sense of style and is very vocal about what she wants and does not want to wear. I've worn this outfit at least once a week for the last month or so :) It's very comfortable and more importantly, it fits. I'm hoping to finally get back into all my clothes after the new year.
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This Advent has been wonderful so far. I've remembered the feast days and am doing all sorts of fun activities with the little kids. We've been talking a lot about the saints and some of our basic Catholic beliefs. I take great delight in hearing Shane's thoughts on spirituality, they are very sweet and simple. He is quite a lover that one.
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Margaret is an adventurous little lady. She reminds me of Alex when she was a baby, moving around all the time!
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As I told Ruben this morning, yesterday was just about as good as a day can get. If you know me, you know I rarely make such statements but it really was awesome. The realization made me very happy, I'm trying to be more positive and acknowledging the good felt like a big step for me. We visited the Mission, I went to Mass, we decorated the tree, had a couple beers, I got to take a nap! and we ended the day off with a bang by watching 20,000 Days On Earth which was as good as I had hoped it'd be and has furthered my love for Nick Cave. 

♥ anne

12.07.2014

Weekly Quote

"As strange as it sounds, the real truth of being a mother is a very private affair. No one else ever knows the details, what it is like when you nurse them to sleep for nap, or hold your little one to your side as you read a story, learning together. What it's like when they make their first jokes, when they take delight in your laughter, repeating themselves, with a sparkle of glee in their eyes. When they get excited over the cutest simplest things like a Christmas noisemaker that would annoy any adult. How they surprise you with new words, quirky ways of saying things, funny requests, coming from the secret growing seeds of their ever personalities."
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Beautiful words from Heather. If you are a mother and don't already read her blog, Moonshine Junkyard, I highly encourage you to. Her positive and joyful outlook on life and motherhood is always a source of inspiration.

♥ anne