3.24.2017

currently...


Happy Friday! It's a wonderfully rainy day over here and after I pick Scarlett up from school, we're doing a quick library run and then hiding out inside for the rest of the day. Maybe we'll bake some goodies and get cozy with a movie. Sounds like a plan to me! Here's what else I've been up to lately...

Reading - I finished Fangirl and am almost done with The 5 Love Languages. Maybe I'll pick up a new book at the library this afternoon! 

Watching - My TV shows are still all the same but we finally got to see Beauty and the Beast in the theater earlier this week for a family evening. It was so good! I loved it! 

Anticipating - We don't have anything extra planned for the weekend - just the usual routine of gymnastics and church. I'm super excited to just hang out and not feel rushed or obligated to do anything. I could use a nice day at home. 

Listening To - Our church service The Foundry has started posting our worship songs on our Facebook page so I started a Spotify playlist to keep track of them all. I'm excited to add to it each week! 

Working On - Still simplifying. I'm trying to pare down our bathroom today and hopefully Scarlett's room will follow. Wish me luck! 

What are you up to? Anything fun and amazing??

love & cupcakes,
elissa


3.17.2017

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Happy St Patrick's Day! Are you wearing green today or have you already been pinched?? Scarlett was so excited to wear green to school today - it's a nice change from her all-blue school uniform. Any time she gets to wear something different than her usual uniform is a good day for her.  And after school today she gets to watch Moana with her classmates so it's a wonderful way to kick off her weekend. Here's what I'm up to...

Reading - I'm still working on Fangirl and still really enjoying it. I also started reading The 5 Love Languages and it's really interesting so far! 

Watching - I've been bingeing Sister Wives on Hulu and I'm a bit embarrassed about it. But no too embarrassed to stop watching... 

Anticipating - Nick took a few days off of work next week and we're finally going to take our family trip to the snow! I love to watch Nick and Scarlett play and I love being in the cold. Stay tuned for millions of pictures to come! 

Eating - A Smart and Final just opened up near our house and I'm so excited about it! I love all the variety they have and I'm glad it's so close to us. I stocked up on more Brussels sprouts so I can roast some up for diner soon. And I got stuff to make jalapeno poppers soon! Yum! 

Working On - I'm still working on downsizing our stuff and living more simply. Sometimes it's super easy to touch something and think "This can go" and into the donate box it goes. But other times, it's much much harder... Baby steps, I guess. 

What are you up to lately? Any fun weekend plans??

love & cupcakes,
elissa


3.14.2017

helping those that need help...




Each Friday after I pick Scarlett up from school, we grab a coffee at Starbucks and usually pass a man with a sign on our way home. His sign says that he's a Veteran and hungry and we give him whatever money we have in the car. 

Last week on our drive, Scarlett sat in the backseat of the car, looking for the man with the sign and he wasn't there. I told her not to worry about it - we'd probably see him again soon. But she didn't want to just hang on to her three dollars. She wanted to use it to help those that need it. I reminded her that the Foundry was going to have an event to help raise money to benefit the free dining program and Scarlett wasn't content to donate just her three dollars. 

As soon as we got home, she raided her candy jar and made a big pile of candies to sell to raise money. She also drew some pictures and loaded it all into a bucket to bring around our apartment complex to let people know she was raising money. It was all very cute and sweet and I told her to have fun while she was out. 

Cut to a few hours later and I'm pretty worried because she's been out for longer than usual and the sun has just gone down. She comes back up to our apartment and gets a pretty stern talking to. When I'm done being worried and she's apologized for being gone so long, I remember that she went down to raise money and I asked her how it had gone, thinking she hopefully made a few dollars. She handed me her little bag and when I looked inside, I was surprised to see how heavy it was and shocked to see how many dollars were crumpled inside. We counted the money and it was over $20! And most of the candy she had brought down to "sell" was still in the bucket - people just gave to her freely when she told them that she wanted to raise money to help others. 

I was so proud of her efforts and she was beaming with happiness at the prospect of using this money to help others that needed it. And the fact that she raised the money all on her own was wonderful. Her heart makes me happy and inspires me to no end. 

When she gave her donation to the Foundry on Sunday morning, the pastor asked her to come up to the front and had me share her donation story. She got a round of applause and even a jar of flowers to take home as a thank you for her efforts. She was a little overwhelmed with the attention and applause - I think she was already just happy to have donated and didn't understand why people seemed to be making a big deal out of it. And that makes me prouder than anything - she didn't do it for the praise and the spotlight. She did it just because it was what people needed and she wanted to help. I hope it sparked in her a lifelong love of helping others. 

love & cupcakes,
elissa


3.10.2017

currently...



Happy Friday! This week has been a doozy... Scarlett got sick at school the other day and had to come home early and that completely screwed up our daily routine for a while. But we're back to the grind and looking forward to the weekend! Here's what I'm up to right now...
Reading - I just started Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and I'm already hooked. I want to just be reading all the time - chores be damned!
Watching - I'm on season 8 of Supernatural and I'm still totally into it. Only three more seasons to go on Netflix until I'm caught up to the real world!
Listening To - My friend Jason has gotten me totally into the group Joseph on Spotify. Even Scarlett is singing along!
Eating - I roasted some brussels sprouts the other day inspired by a recipe from A Beautiful Mess and they were AMAZING! I need to stock up on more sprouts because I could easily eat this a few times a week. Definitely give them a try - so yum!
Working On - I was trying to do the whole "40 bags in 40 days" purging challenge for Lent but I've already totally blown it. But I've decided to be easier on myself lately and give myself a break. I've gotten a few more bags loaded up with things to donate and that's an awesome start. I'll add more as I go along and eventually, I'll get to 40 bags. No worries.
Wishing - The weather has taken a turn for the sunny and I'm already missing those torrential downpours... Rain, rain, come back again!
I hope your week has been amazing and that you have more amazingness waiting for you this weekend. What are you up to?
love & cupcakes,
elissa

3.09.2017

a day for nick!



We celebrated this guy's birthday last weekend with some beer, some brownies and a big new scooter! Nick has to park pretty far away from the train station each day for work and has quite the trek to get to and from the station. I showed my mom where he parks and how far he has to walk and she was furious. She didn't want her son in law walking that far after work in the dark and rain so she decided to get him an adult sized scooter so he can cut his walking time in half! It's the cutest thing to see him zipping along on his scooter [that he named "Ride-ly"] and even cuter when Scarlett is out there riding along with him. 






After we had family time at the brewery, we spent the next day at the mall so Nick could spend his birthday gift cards. He ended up getting two Pokemon card decks so he and Scarlett could pay together. We hung out at Dave and Buster's for a while, too, and Scarlett and Nick are the best team on video games. 






We grabbed a late lunch together after and then head home to relax. I think it was an awesome way to spend a weekend and I'm glad we got to celebrate Nick. 

love & cupcakes,
elissa


2.27.2017

post-birthday recap!


That's it - my last year of being in my mid-thirties has officially begun. And yes, I'm still considering 37 as mid-thirties. I spent my birthday weekend hanging out with my besties in Oregon and it was awesome. We just hung out and did nothing - and for three moms, that was glorious. Plus it was super pretty in Ashland where we stayed. I took about a million pictures - mostly of the landscape. So gorgeous! 





Snow! 

Downtown Ashland


A protest showed up behind us while we wandered around downtown - it was awesome!


Free coffee on my birthday is always welcome. 




I had such a great time. This weekend, Nick and I are going to get our friends and family together to hang out at a local brewery to celebrate our birthdays [we were born a week apart] so more birthday shenanigans to come! 

love & cupcakes,
elissa



2.21.2017

monday monday...




Yesterday was a holiday, so we relaxed and I didn't jump up and tackle the piles of chores that had piled up during the weekend and I sure paid for that today! My Tuesday is feeling a whole lot like a Monday. I've already done a ton of dishes, did some laundry, dusted and polished the furniture, vacuumed the apartment, cleaned off the balcony, fed the cat and got lunch started. 


I should probably go take a shower now, right?? 

Happy [day after] Monday! 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa


2.17.2017

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It's finally Friday! There's a storm gearing up outside - tons of clouds, wicked wind and some serious rain waiting to fall - and I love it. I can't wait to pick Scarlett up from school and then stay home for as long as possible. We're going to make brownies, do some crafts and Scarlett has been asking me to teach her how to embroider so we're going to give it a shot. Here's what I'm up to right now...


Reading - I'm reading Once Upon a Dream right now and so far it's pretty interesting. I'm having a bit of a tough time focusing on it, so hopefully I can carve out some time this weekend to get lost reading it. 

Watching - I'm sill bingeing on Supernatural. I'm a few episodes into the sixth season and I'm still super into it. 

Anticipating - Scarlett's school is out for a winter break all next week and I'm super excited to spend some quality time with her during the day. Hopefully we can work together to clear her room out a bit and get it back to being a "cool girl's room" with some room to actually play. 

Listening To - I've been listening to The Purposeful Home podcast lately and I love it! I wish there were more episodes - I could listen to a new one each day. It's been so uplifting and inspiring to listen to. If you don't already subscribe, you should definitely check it out. 

Working On - I need to start carving out more time to blog on the regular. I'm always finding myself taking a bunch of time off from the blog and then doing a blitz all at once and just posting randomness for a while... I want to be more purposeful about it so I'm going to try to find some time regularly to focus. 

Wishing - I'm heading out for a girl's road trip next weekend for my birthday and I'm super excited about it. It would be awesome to get to see my besties more often so doing a five hour drive to spend time with them is totally worth it. I wish we could do it more often! 

I hope your week has been awesome! What are you up to?

love & cupcakes,
elissa


2.16.2017

Happy Birthday Dad!








I want to wish a super big, super special, extra awesome happy birthday to my dad! I hope your day is relaxing and wonderful and I can't wait to celebrate you this weekend! I love you! 

love & cupcakes,
elissa


one is enough...




I am a stay at home mom and I “only” have one kid. I say “only” because it feels like when you tell someone that you’re a stay at home mom, the automatic assumption is that you have a few kids. Like one isn’t enough to validate the choice to be a stay at home parent. All the podcasts I listen to about raising kids at home and all the blogs I read about parents who stay home all have multiple children to take care of and it feels like being a parent to only one child isn’t considered “enough.” I feel like I’m not allowed to be as tired as I sometimes am because I “only have one to worry about” as if my six year old doesn’t sometimes feel like an entire tribe all in herself. Like I’m not supposed to get overwhelmed or frustrated because “it’s not like you have to split your time between multiple kids.” Giving all of my attention to only one kid can and does get overwhelming - there’s no downtime. It’s not like I can send her to the other room to play with her siblings. It’s just me and her most of the time. 

And that’s an awesome thing. I can devote myself to her and really focus on her when we play or talk to just spend time together. She’s has an amazing little imagination and can entertain herself with her toys for hours if she’s so inclined. We’re past the point of diapers and bottles and constant supervision so I can let her play by herself without (too much) fear of the trouble she could be getting into by me not being right next to her. She goes to Kindergarten and comes home filled with stories about her day and the other kids and her teachers and how awesome school can be. And I love that I’m available to her for field trips and after school activities and help with homework and projects. But when asked by other parents about what I do for living, I inwardly cringe when telling them I’m at SAHM because I’m almost always immediately asked how many other kids I have. When I answer that Scarlett is enough, the next question is invariably, “So when are you going back to work?” Because once your kids are all in school, you’re no longer needed at home, right? And if you only have one child, then as soon as they start school, you’re supposed to clock out of being a SAHM and get right back into the workforce. 

I don’t buy it. 

There is still work to be done at home. Chores to be done, food to be cooked, laundry to be folded. Granted I may not have to do as many loads of laundry or dishes as someone who has a bunch of children, but that doesn’t mean my work is any less important or necessary. 

Having a bunch of kids is awesome for those parents that choose that. But having just one is completely valid, too. It still takes a toll on you - both mentally and physically. I shouldn’t have to feel less than for answering that Scarlett is an only child and we’re not planning on having any more. 

One is enough. 

She is enough. 

I am enough. 

Motherhood is not a contest and it sucks that it so often feels like it is. Whether you have one kid or an entire brood, it is enough. 

love & cupcakes, 
elissa