New Ventures

Monday, July 10, 2017

Look out hungry friends of the world, there's a new food blogger in town.

My new site, Mama Thomp, is up and ready for action!

I'm really excited to share these recipes with you, along with our typical family stories and things happening around our home. I've missed blogging these last few months and it feels good to get back to two things I really, really love: writing and eating. Not really in that order.

Check out the recipes I've got posted on there and sign up for my newsletter to enter yourself in a giveaway I'll be announcing soon! 

Getcha fat pants out folks, let's do this.


Bye bye Firefly

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

For a long while now, I've been thinking beyond my little shop.

Forever Fireflying did a lot of wonderful things for me; it gave me a creative outlet, helped me feel like a real adult human outside of baby puke and boogers and poo-splosions, expanded my design skills, fulfilled a dream of mine of having my own Etsy shop and taught me way more than I ever cared to learn about sales tax.

But, ah the irony, Forever Fireflying is not going to last forever. 

I'll be hosting a final closing sale in the shop to clear my shelves of some inventory before moving on to my next ventures.

Everything is marked down 50% or more. I'm offering a few of my prints framed (see them here, here and here) for seriously low prices so check them out!

You can visit the shop here.

I have met so many wonderful people that I never would have because of this small business and I'll always cherish these early years of learning, growing and having fun while doing so. 


Kisses, hugs & new chapters,

Hadley + Nora Says: Volume 4

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hellooooo 2017, hello blog!

Nice to see you again.

These kids are crackin' me up left and right these days... when they're not being naughty little devils!!!!!

I can't wait to come back in 15 years and read them with the girls. I'm sure it'll serve as great blackmail when they're teenagers.
*thinking ahead*

Hadley (very excited): Mom! Come look! My poop is green!!!!!!!!!

"Let's go play, Roo-ey!"

"Hey! My friends are here!" when random kids show up at the Chikfila playplace. 

After Nora tripped and fell on the ground Hadley goes to her, "You okay, Roo?!" and Nora looks up at her and proclaims, "YEAH!"

Hadley: Yesss! (Which actually sounds more like "Yethhhhh")
Out of no where she started saying Yethhhh to everything instead of "uh-huh" and "yeah". We have no idea why the change but it's ahhhhdorable.

Nora: Had-eeeeee!

I am no longer "mama" to Hadley, I have now become "momby" and it is sweet and terribly sad all at once. My baby is so big!

Hadley was trying to help me get a stain out of my sweatshirt with a wet paper towel..
Me: It's an old stain, I don't think it's going to come out
(after it looked like it was starting to fade)
Me: Oh, look, it did come out a little
Hadley: See, I told you! You just have to wait 5 minutes, like I said!

Nora is so cute about holding hands these days. She puts hers up in the air and says, "Haaaaan!" *heart melting*

Hadley realized I had ranch when we were eating pizza so she dipped hers in mine and proclaimed, "MMMMM! THAT IS DEEEEELICIOUS!!!" Everything has been "deeeeelicious" since.

Nora's response to everything, "Otayyyyy!"

When Hadley heard the sound of loud rain through an open window,
"Mom! It's raining in the house!"

Nora: muh..... with a head shake.
Her version of "no".

Hadley and Nora were holding hands the other day being absolutely adorable and then Hadley leans in to Nora's face and says, "Roo-ey, wanna watch the iPad with me?!" and Nora says, "Yes, pleeeeeaaaaa!" The ultimate sharing moment in this house! Pretty sure I was pumping my fists in the air as they ran off hand-in-hand giggling. 

When Hadley met another Hadley...
Other Hadley: Your name is Hadley?
Our Hadley: Yeah, I'm Hadley!
Other Hadley: I'm Hadley, too!
Our Hadley: Nooooo..... I'mmmmm Hadley!

Hadley: I love you mama and daddy. And Roo-ey is my best friend. 
*heart exploding*

Hadley to daddy: Don't fart on my mom!

Nora: iPad!!!!!!

Me: You know when you get older, if you have any babies you'll make milk in your boobies, too.
Hadley: I think when I'm big I'll make orange juice and my baby will drink that from my boobies!
*dream big, kid*

Hadley: I put the food in my mouth and then my tummy says, "mmmmmmm!"

Hadley, to my mom's new pony when she was looking at him in the fields through the window: Franklin, I love you so much! I'm gonna kiss and hug you!

When Hadley asked me why I like to watch a show (This is Us)...
Me: It makes me feel good, I like the stories they tell
Hadley: (laughs at me)
Me: Well, why do you like The Secret Life of Pets?
Hadley: It makes me feel good, it made my cough go away

^^Nora's hand still in the snack cup

I did a little quiz with Hadley a few weeks back and these we're her responses...

What is your name? Hadley

How old are you? 3 (with 2 fingers)

When is your birthday? 3

How old is your mommy? You're my mom

How old am I? 4 (Then she starts asking me all the quiz questions)

What is your favorite color? Rainbow

What is your favorite food? My favorite is mac n cheese (we just ate that for dinner)

Who is your best friend? My best friend is Mrs. Cartee (her preschool teacher!)

What is your favorite song? Rainbow song

What is your favorite animal? Reindeer

What are you scared of? Nothing (pause) Other kid's doggies.

What makes you happy? Reindeer

Where is your favorite place to go? My house

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Elsa!

Aaaaand last but not least, Hadley and her little buddy in preschool have been so adorable since they met a few months ago and things have escalated to a full blown relationship. She refers to him as her "boy" and I get some pretty hilarious text messages from his mama.

This was one of the more recent, "Omg! Colin told everyone Hadley is his girlfriend and Dan said Colin kissed her at dismissal!"

Had me cracking up so hard, little lovebirds! Josh was more concerned, el oh el.

For your entertainment, volumes 1, 2 & 3.

Adios friends,

Christmas 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas has come and gone and I'm feeling up and down about it.

On one side, I'm really missing Christmas music, an excuse to cook casserole everything, how excited the girls were about all the holiday festivities, a more carefree attitude towards carbs, sugar & alcohol and the general festive spirit that comes with drinking coffee out of a Santa mug. 

On the other end, I'm ready to kiss 2016 goodbye and start fresh with a new year. These last few days are really testing my emotional well being with the loss of Carrie Fisher AND Debbie Reynolds, new fevers & boogers striking the kids and now rain, because the world is crying. 

But in an effort to highlight some of the more positive parts of this holiday season, here are some of my favorite memories...

Josh and I cooked a full on Thanksgiving-style feast, including a 20 pound turkey and enough food for 30 people. Newsflash: there we're only 5 of us. Two of which we're toddlers who eat like anorexic birds so.... there's that. It was crazy but I had so much fun doing it! The champagne didn't hurt, either.
And we now have leftovers for the entirety of 2017. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but we have a shit ton of food. It's been fun making some extravagant leftover meals, like mini pies made from stuffing, turkey, cran and mashed potatoes and turkey enchiladas with cranberry sauce topping. MMMMM!

Hadley & Nora we're so excited about every present they opened (when we could get Nora to break away from her stickers and actually participate), it was pretty adorable to watch them. I think Nora's favorites included the previously noted 500-pack of stickers (100 of which went on her foot and another 100 on our wood floors...), wooden car, boxes and decorative ribbon. When Hadley wasn't asking for the 2 millionth time where the rest of her presents were, she said her favorites were the pink hair brush and Candy Land. Her favorites will be different in 5 minutes.

I'm still not sure where our Elf on the Shelf went (lost him the first week of December because we're overachievers like that) but I have a sneaking suspicion Madden buried it in the backyard.

Hadley had her first ever Holiday concert and party at preschool and it was ahhhhhdorable. She got to stand next to her boyfriend (I can't) and was super excited to show her little sister all the things she does when she leaves us for school.

I really enjoyed decking the halls in our home this year and can't wait to pull the boxes out to do it all over again next year.

Hands down, my absolute favorite part of our Christmas this year was having lots of time to spend with Josh at home and having the four of us together. Every time he goes back to work after a vacation or holiday is always so hard. I just want us all to be together all the time! Even if we're just cleaning up the disaster that is a house after Christmas with toddlers & 1,907 dishes, it's still better together :) 

Here are some photos & videos from our Christmas celebrations! 

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season and hopefully these last few days of 2016 will be a little nicer to all of us.


DIY Industrial Wood Bed Frame

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Okay, I know what you are thinking... 

....what in the actual hell is wrong with me?

I know, I know, I know.

I have issues.

But you see, we lived with our mattress on the floor in our new home for a solid 8 MONTHS until I finally reached my breaking point. We literally called it the crack mattress, fondly, of course. So I needed a bed frame and I needed it STAT.

We searched high and low for one that could go with the headboard we purchased off Amazon, but nothing worked style or price wise. So I did some searching on the internet and found a few different DIY ideas and BAM.. I built our bed.

Okay, it didn't happen quite that quickly but it did happen!!!!! And it's been about 4 months since I completed this baby and she has survived so I'm pretty damn proud of that. 

I adapted plans for our king size bed from here.

^^It was my first time using the circular saw and it was AWEEEEEESOME!

If you are going to take on a project similar to this and have never done so before, a few helpful tips from a fellow newbie...

Draw or find plans to follow.
^errrr, duh?

Double check the math. 
When I converted the queen measurements to a king size bed, I messed up the numbers for the frame a bit and had to compensate with some longer boards in the middle. It worked out because we had extra 2x4"s on hand but make sure you double check.

Measure, measure and measure again before cutting your wood.
And watch your fingers.

Expect to go back to Home Depot/Lowes/Your local hardware store at least 3 times in the midst of this project.

Don't expect to finish your project in a few hours or one day or even a few days. 
This will only frustrate you more and make you more likely to light your hard work on fire and claim, "I just wanted a big bonfire anyways!!!!"

Ask for help if you get stuck or just need a break from the gazillion screws it takes to put this thing together. 

Many thanks to my assistant Josh for helping me when sanity was slipping through my fingertips.

One awesome perk about building your own bed frame is the cost. The whole thing cost just over $200, most of which was due to the price of the plumber's pipes. Many of the bed frames I looked at online we're $700 all the way up to $1,500 so WIN freakin' WIN!

^^Hadley testing it out, we we're a little worried to jump on it at first! 

And there you have it. 

If there is any way I'd like to be described by others after I've left this beautiful Earth it is this...

Lauren Thompson
Beloved wife, dedicated mother
Made her own bread & built her own bed
Boom. Shakalaka.

Last sentence necessary.

XO pals,

No Knead Rosemary Bread

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holy bajesus you guys. 

I embarked on a new stage in life. There was life BB, before bread. And now there is life AB, after bread.

Never have I dared to make or even look at a homemade bread recipe until I saw Bev from Bev Cooks glowing about how easy and delicious it actually was. Don't I need a bread maker? Or some special yeast powers from the bread gods? Or some special baking oven? How do I do this?!!!!!!

Well, people. I am here to tell you, you actually don't need much to make this AHmazing loaf of warm, crusty, earthy goodness that will make your house smell divine and your mouth/belly/soul happy AF. 

More specifically you need an oven, flour, an instant yeast packet, rosemary, water, salt, cornmeal (optional), a cotton towel, a large pot to bake it in and patience.


I used a 6-quart cast iron dutch oven, like this one from Target, and it worked great. 

Now the recipe requires a lot of resting time so while you're not actually doing anything for a long period of time, it will take longer than 24 hours for this bread to come together. 
But I promise, it is so worth the wait.

Recipe found here by Mark Bittman. Just add Rosemary, if you desire!

Cover that ish in butter or dip in olive oil, parmesan & a drizzle of balsamic. 

All the carbs & all the love,

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