Choo Choo Someone’s Two! Toddler Boy Train Birthday Party

Our sweet Baby C turned two in June! My in laws came in from Minnesota and while a few friends didn’t show up, we had a full house and were able to really celebrate our little dude! I’m so grateful to everyone who did attend, it was so great to see you all!

Things have been very full-on in our house lately – lots of stuff going on for both M and me at work, endless sicknesses for all three of us, house renovations anticipating guests, garden drama, and, and, and. So I wasn’t able to do this up to the level I’d hoped because I was so inspired by this theme.

Our son was given his cousin’s old train table and all the tracks and trains and he is so so into his ‘choo choos’! I ordered some party favors (of hats, bandanas and wooden whistles) for the kiddos and we ordered a big ol’ Subway sandwich. The night before I baked up and decorated cupcakes with my niece and nephew, which is turning into a little tradition that I just love. I hope I continue to be cool enough to bake with!

18 Pans of ’18: June

Items used in June: 11 (1 decluttered)

Total this year (thus far): 51

I’m doing really well with using more than 18 items total! There’s also two things in my original goal post (the serum and the brush cleaner) that took a lot longer than I expected them to. I’m also thrilled to have two more perfume samples out too. Those eye shadows are going because they just don’t work well.

Weekend Recap: June 9&10, 2018

A weekend for the record books! Friday night, I joined a dozen other ladies from my local running club for yoga outside. It was a rainy night but we had a tent so we did a gentle routine under the sound of rain hitting the tent – it was pretty darn great. We then had a few drinks and a potluck dinner.

Saturday morning the three of us headed down to the Ohio History Connect for their Story Book Village event. We got to meet several PBS and fairy tale characters. We got lunch from the food trucks and then headed home for nap. We needed to plant a few planters in the back yard in anticipation of C’s birthday so spent a bunch of the afternoon hanging out in the sunshine doing that.

After bedtime, M and I filled a(nother) dumpster with demo’ed bits and bobs from the basement. We are removing a few shoddy built ins and about half of the added faux wood paneling. We still have a ways to go before it’s completely done but we’re making decent progress. M also made me spend our Sunday nap time decluttering the TV room half of the basement and it’s looking much better!

The rest of Sunday was spent doing the usual cleaning, grocery shopping and on our monthly Costco trip. We’re trying to 1 one shop a month…we shall see! After C woke up from his nap, we all met my sister at Mad Moon for a cider flight. During dinner, C made it clear he was coming down with another ear infection. This is his third in as many months – please send any spare healthy vibes our way!

Summer Wardrobe Wishlist

I haven’t really been shopping too much, I did need some new jeans and I got them from an ethical fashion brand (review coming soon!). A big part of the reason is that I’d like to be making more of my own clothes; however, right now, I’m really lacking the time. I also don’t want to invest hundreds of dollars in fabric and while I have some stuff that is appeal appropriate, they are not the most current patterns. So. Here’s a few things I’ve been eyeing while I’m window shopping and I’d love to make it into my summer wardrobe.

from left to right, top to bottom

Boden Phoebe Jersey Dress (honestly, any of their dresses! I’d love to try one and they look the right length for toddler mom life)

Boden Embroidered Linen Kaftan

LL Bean Signature Madras Shirt in Pink Pearl

Everlane Cotton Twill Short

What are you loving this summer? I’m really craving an easy to pull together but still classic style.

18 Pans of ’18: May

Items used in May: 6

Total this year (thus far): 40

I have really enjoyed the two things I’ve tried from the Soo Ae brand, I would love to try something not in a foil packet. I really did not enjoy the Jergens – it ran down my legs and got all streaky AND smelled like self tanner! I think the traditional Natural Glow would be much better.

Weekend Recap May 26, 27 and 28

I know that Baby C is still a bit too young to understand the whole ‘experience as a gift’ thing but we really like that philosophy here in this house. While he might not remember exactly, we wanted to get that started early! We booked tickets for a ride on Thomas the Train (our little dude is quite the ‘choo choo’ lover) when he was visiting the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. We drove up on Saturday morning, had a blast riding Thomas, seeing all the other train related activities.

We were meeting friends from lunch and had an hour to kill so we popped literally around the corner to the Cuyahoga National Park Visitors Center and took a look around, saw the river (C had a really hard time not jumping into the Cuyahoga) and picked up our traditional National Park coffee cup. We had a lovely BBQ lunch and then headed back south. Our overtired dude did not nap well in the car and since he is up we stopped at the new outlet mall on our way home. I forgot it was Memorial Day weekend and it was so busy so we didn’t stay too long.

Sunday we kept it low key and cooked out at home. Monday was a pool day and cook out at my parents house. C loves the water so much and it’s so much fun to see him get more and more confident in the pool.

12 Bakes of ’18: May-Manhatten Cake

I was issued a challenge by M for this year’s birthday cake – something with booze and cherries in it. I found a recipe for Manhattan Cake and made the cake exactly as instructed but made my own buttercream recipe and added the flavorings they mention. It was much too dense a crumb for me – I don’t really like all in one cakes. It was bea-u-ti-ful and M loved it, which is all that really matters. Now to think of something hard for me to set for him for my birthday, per tradition.

What I Read: May ’18

Incendiary by Chris Cleave: “When a massive suicide bomb explodes at a London soccer match a woman loses both her four-year-old son and her husband. But the bombing is only the beginning. In a voice alive with grief, compassion, and startling humor, Incendiary is a stunning debut of one ordinary life blown apart by terror,” (via). I really enjoyed this book – I found the narrator compelling and heartbreakingly human. I had moments of wanting to Google the terrorist attack mentioned in the book as I surely felt it had to have really happened!

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara: I only started listening to this after the news that they caught the Golden State Killer came out – and honestly, I probably couldn’t have finished it without knowing that he was caught. McNamara’s writing is captivating and the story is a thrilling who done it.

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot: “Heart Berries is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman’s coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma,” (via). I read this in one sitting on the plane and it was quite the read. I found it easy to fall into her mental state, which she is able to clearly get the reader to feel her fuzziness, by reading it in such a way. But I did feel like I missed some details and wanted to shout ‘Girl, run from him!’ at her several times.