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Rainy Day Sanity

Hello friends! It has been raining for what seems like months here in Texas, but hey I’m not complaining, just looking for my sanity.

Today was no different as the downpour came as we headed to the library for my weekly adult socializing event…no, just kidding, our weekly storytime with the best Children’s Librarian EVER (a few books she loves below)! Anyway, it was all about monsters and so of course I felt right at home because this moldy weather and Miss K’s incessant mocking, sassy mouth has turned me into a full on mommy monster or an old lady tempted to swallow a bat (There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bat-one of Miss Ks favorite books right now). I was even more convinced as I saw my reflection on the magnet board…🧟‍♀️

During naptime I unboxed the new food dehydrator the hubby got me for my bday and started making some fruit roll ups/leather…I’ll let y’all know how that turned out once it’s done, but it was super easy to make. I blended together: 2 peaches, 1 cup strawberries, 1/4 cup applesauce, juice of 1/2 lemon.  Put in the machine at 140°F for approximately 8hrs 🤞🏼.

Once the angel woke up it was time to play! We built roads and tracks, played tug of war with jump ropes and also used scrabble as a “teaching tool”, which she was completely into especially since she has been begging to play it for the last 3 months. I was surprised how much fun she had searching for the letters to her name and placing them on the wooden holders…sometimes it’s the things you never expect them to enjoy that holds their attention the longest and as a bonus an boost to my slumping mommy ego she was learning!

Tonight, I decided to add a little something in with our bedtime routine by adding “Good Night Yoga” before our book and I think Miss K enjoyed it…I found a cool YouTube video that guides you through the book and I plan to follow it up with “Good Morning Yoga” in the morning to see if we can set ourselves up for calmer more enjoyable days 🤪😬. I finished up the evening by reading a little in one of my “inspirational” books to calm the monster in me.

What do you do to stay sane in rainy weather? Do you have any inspirational quotes or books you ground yourself in? What kinds of activities do you and your little ones enjoy inside?

XOXO,

Tiffany

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Rainy Sunday Morning Fun ☂️🐕🐓

Good Morning! I just wanted to give everyone a little smile this morning and a hello from the girls! We are enjoying some much needed rain here in South Central Texas…I LOVE rainy days especially since they have been few and far between lately.

We have enjoyed a little bit of splashing/running in the rain this morning before becoming so wet the water dripped from our noses down to our toeses and we needed to go in to dry off.  Then Miss K and Zeiss aka her best friend who may not have the same viewpoint…have been having tea parties, slumber parties and storytime together.  He was all but forced into her room as the door shut and was promptly locked so he could not get out…poor guy always gets roped into these things but I know he enjoys MOST of it.  We also took the time to enjoy a few games of connect four, operation and break the ice since going outside might melt us with all this sugar we’re made out of!🤣

We also finally got our Buffy to lay in the nesting boxes…whoohooo!!! It only took two days of keeping them cooped until lunchtime and putting her in with our other layer. I was so happy and relieved especially since I was feeling awful about having to keep them cooped up. Seriously, I had to totally vacate the compound the last few days so I wouldn’t let them out until after lunch…I may have a soft spot for my chickens or just be a crazy chicken lady 🐔🤷🏼‍♀️.

Y’all enjoy the rest of the weekend!

XOXO,

Tiffany

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Friday Favorites and a Book Giveaway

I wanted to start off today’s favorites with a neat/uplifting/inspiring story of selflessness/compassion/generosity of one young mans huge heart and a pig named Roo….this tugged at my heart for so many reasons (I raised pigs for 13 yrs as a young girl, cancer, toddlers, and compassion of others in this world). Click here to read it.

Now for the Friday Favorites

Fuse Lenses-I have to admit I am a frugal gal and when it comes to sunglasses, I like nice ones, but only buy a pair every 5-10 yrs so when I came across this company I was stoked! They make lenses for name brand glasses and have FREE shipping, polarized/non lenses as well as prescription lenses. The quality is awesome and they arrive within 3-5 days of ordering. My Ralph Lauren aviator glasses are about 5 years old and Miss K has had a field day with them so I was peaking through scratches but didn’t want to spend the $$ on a new pair so I ordered in the fuse lenses and they are like new again!

Only Love Today – by Rachel Macy StaffordA flexible, non-dated structure, Only Love Today is perfect to pick up at any time of the year and find hope and encouragement to address your current challenge or need – family, parenting, relationships, finding peace in a stressed out world. Stafford offers you strength and vision for a new and more connected way to live. This is a timeless book of inspiration to remember and live for what really matters.

Culinaria SA Restaurant Week-Happening NOW in San Antonio…it was started as a way of celebrating local, exceptional chefs and restaurants. Through sponsored culinary events, they serve as one of the leading food-focused nonprofits in the San Antonio area, providing funds for scholarship programs aimed at students pursuing a career in the hospitality or culinary industry.

Barefoot Blonde Blog– Amber Fillerup Clark is a wife, Mama and business women who shares daily thoughts, hair tutorials, travel tips and style advice.  She just posted a few blogs on starting your own blog/advice on how to blog etc.  I enjoy following along in her journeys of life, travel and parenting each week.

Yoga at the Pearl by Yoga Day-This nonprofit organization does great work in so many communities across the city and offers TWO FREE classes a week to ANYONE!!!!  I have been attending one of those every Saturday morning down at The Pearl Brewery for the past few months and it has been a great “time out/alone time” to feel present and relax my mind while rejuvenating myself/body.  They hold a FREE class every Saturday Morning At the Pearl Brewery in front of Local Coffee from 9:30am-10:30am and another FREE class at The Tea Gardens on Sunday from 5:00pm-6:00pm.  Hope to see you there sometime!

***GIVEAWAY-This week I will be giving away the ONLY LOVE TODAY book by Rachel Macy Stafford.  I will notify the winner on the blog Wednesday, August 15th so you have until then to Like, Share, Subscribe to the blog, or Comment…this is all free and doesn’t sign you up for anything and you will only be contacted to collect your book.

Good Luck to you all and enjoy the weekend!

XOXO,

Tiffany

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Laughter Fills The Day

Today was an incredibly busy and productive day as I had product to make for my dear friends at Sisters, entertain an incredibly busy toddler, as well as train our big fat Buffy to lay her eggs in the appropriate space!

With all of these things to do, I had to start the day out with some caffeine! Lately, my go to has been cold brew and almond milk with a splash of maple syrup and scoop of vital proteins. Gives me the boost I need with some protein for these busy days 😬.

Once I had Miss K her protein smoothie and other goodies served, I made my way down to the coop to check on the girls and gather the eggs…I had decided to leave everyone cooped to try and get Buffy to lay in the nesting boxes rather than the flowerbed. Well about 9am I started to feel bad that everyone was having to stay inside the coop so I allowed all of the girls except her to go out to free range, well I didn’t imagine the chaos that would ensue…Mister Rooster was all bent out of shape as he ran from the garden area back down to the coop a million and one times because the Buffy was all kinds of ticked off. Well I finally decided about noon to go let her out after checking in on them several times without any egg layed. Let me just say when I opened that coop she darted up the hill to the front yard and into the flowerbed so fast, I was afraid an egg was gonna pop out at anytime. I have never laughed so hard before or seen a chicken move so fast! Needless to say she went right back to her previous spot and layed me a beautiful tan egg.

it wasn’t long after this, it was time for lunch followed by nap. In this house, nap time is the best time and today it was certainly necessary for all of us! I decided to open Miss Ks door after about an hour and a half and as I walked away I heard, “No, nap-time is not over mommy, shut my door, I’m trying to sleep!” I promptly shut that door to which I was greeted only a minute later with, “can we go swimming now?” Of course we did and as we headed out, Zeiss needed to potty, so he found a nice tree and Miss K said, “I think he’s holding on to the tree while he potty’s because he has to go outside instead of on the potty.” Of course this had to be one of the most innocent, creative and hilarious things I may have heard, but I just replied, “yes I think you’re right sweetheart” and we continued to the pool. Our pool time didn’t disappoint either as we found a locust, a snake 🐍 swimming in the pool…yes a snake came to visit and Miss K tried to coax Mr. Steve in by having Mister Crab pinch him.

We swam a bit later than I had planned so when got back, I spiralized and sautéed some zucchini and yellow squash from the garden as the spaghetti sauce was simmering.

What are some quick meals you put together when you are short on time?

Hope your day was good!

XOXO,

Tiffany

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An August Egg Hunt and Other Summer Fun

Good Afternoon!  I hope you all are staying cool or enjoying some cool weather where you’re at because it is quite warm and thick outside today in Texas.

Miss K typically has dance class on Wednesdays but todays class was rescheduled, so we enjoyed a nice day on the homestead.  Well, we really spent two hours in snake books searching for our Buffy who started disappearing periodically on Sunday for a few hours each day…I knew she was close/should be laying anytime, so I needed to find where she was hiding out.  Well, of course, I traipsed through the brush/weeds etc in my boxers, camisole and snake boots only to find her 2 hrs later in the front yard. Now, I had searched the front yard and flower beds a million times, but I guess it was that last time as several cars drove past I would find the “nest” in my Sunday best!  Now I’m hoping maybe leaving the girls cooped for the next several days will help her to lay them in the nesting boxes rather than the flower beds as I don’t need any snakes coming up for a little afternoon/evening snack.  Do any of you have any ideas on how to get her to lay in the nesting boxes?

Anyway, yesterday, we tried to take our friend Miss Lauren paddle boarding, but mother nature was not having any of it, as the winds gusted over the lake and small whitecaps formed.  We were a bit bummed, but being strong willed individuals we weren’t about to let the day waste away, so we settled for having a fun morning at Yanaguana Garden where we played chess, checkers, foosball, connect four, and enjoyed the splash pad and playground.  It is located downtown at the corner of Cesar Chavez and South Alamo and has a coffee and juice bar, popsicle shop and newly opened pizzeria.

From the Garden, we decided to go have a bit of lunch at Rosarios off South Alamo, and let me just say as a first time Momma, sometimes just sometimes, you may want to watch what you say as you drive looking for an open parking space just as the Hanger starts in.  A combination of small parking lots along with folks continuously going the wrong way led this hangry momma to utter the phrase “seriously you idiot”  Now i wasn’t thinking my keen as a cat toddler was listening so intently in the seat directly behind me as she uttered “mommy, did you just call them an idiot?”  Now Lauren and I busted out laughing, and of course I had to fess up to the current situation and say yes as the questions continued to roll out regarding the comment.  Sometimes these funny episodes are good reminders to always be aware of the words flowing from our mouths, or at least this mommas.  We finally found a spot and had a delicious lunch and walked across the street to Steel City Pops (all natural popsicles with a large dairy/soy free selection) to enjoy some healthy treats before heading back to the compound for a much needed nap!

Where/what is your favorite summer hangout/park/activity?

XOXO,

Tiffany