Memorial Day recap

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Whew! What a weekend. 

We had such a blast at the beach with literally 30 family members... it was so awesome! Some of them got to meet Hadley for the first time and most of them got to meet Josh's parents for the first time too. The weather was great, the food was delish and the sunset views from our balcony were absolutely incredible.

We were so glad Hadley got to spend so much quality time with her grandparents. It's hard living so far from them and the rest of Josh's family so we really appreciated this time together. 

^^WOAH, holy 1st donut.
^^Already dancing on bars......... rutrohhhhhh

We totally expected Hadley to go crazy at the beach. My parents are always telling me stories of me sprinting towards the ocean as a baby. I grew up going to the beach so I always remember loving it when I was little. Hadley is so curious and adventurous we thought she'd be the same way... boy were we wrong.

I put her down in some wet sand and this kid freeeeeaked out. She wanted absolutely NOTHING to do with it. Which when I think about it now, makes total sense. It's squishy and grainy and so foreign. We tried to hang out with her in a little pool of water on the beach and ease her into it but she didn't give in. She walked around a bit more when we put her flip flops on but that lasted all of about 30 seconds.

 So instead we built her an island of blankets where she could roam. She cautiously stuck her toes in the sand one time and poked her finger in a few times but that was it. Too funny.

Other than the sand rejection, the beach trip was a total success. 

It was awesome to be with so much family while celebrating Memorial Day. Thank you to all of you who have served this country and given us so many freedoms! Your sacrifice means so much!

In other news, Hadley turns ONE FREAKIN' YEAR OLD on Friday. Gahhhhhh the closer it gets the weirder it feels!!!!! I really can't believe she crawled out of my vagina almost one year ago. Okay, crawl might be much but you get it. 

We'll be celebrating her birthday with lots of family and friends on Saturday and I'll most likely be a blubbering mess the entire day. Or just eating my feelings... or both. 

I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial Day celebrations!! 
I say we do this 3-day weekend thing every week... who's with me???

Cheers kittens,


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This past weekend Josh's parents arrived here from Montana and it has been so nice spending time with them. Last time they came to visit was for Josh's surprise birthday party. It was such a tease because they could only stay for a few days. This time they get to hang all week and come to the beach with us this weekend! We're so pumped!

Josh's mom has been working at a conference in Baltimore so we've been up there a lot doing some exploring. I can't wait to get to know this city more once we move. They're are so many interesting and eclectic spots... and lots of Diners, Drive ins & Dives featured joints I need to visit. 

We went down to the Inner Harbor and climbed to the top of Federal Hill. You get such a great view of the city up there! And there was plenty of grass for Hadley to run around.

Josh has the rest of the week off so this mama is STOKED about having all the extra hands around to help with the babe. Hadley is forever teething these days and she's been doing this thing I like to call the pterodactyl scream so that's been fun. Totes had to look up how to spell pterodactyl. Who knew there was a silent p??? The Land Before Time did not teach me that. 

The rest of this week we'll be soaking up some quality family time and then heading to Ocean City, MD on Friday morning to soak up some sun. I can't wait yet at the same time I am envisioning Hadley eating so much sand. YUK. Hopefully it'll be warm enough for a dip in the pool since she tries to climb in Cali's dog bowl every single day. She's obsessed with water! 

I hope you guys have some fun plans for Memorial Day weekend! 
Here's to the start of SUMMER!!!!


DIY: Grapefruit, mint & poppyseed soap

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Happy Saturday my loves!

I've got a fun little soap DIY today. I found this on A Beautiful Mess and was so excited about it. I've been so curious about how to make homemade soap. Every time I'm at a farmer's market or craft fair I always gravitate towards the soap tables... they smell so amazing! It's an obsession of mine. 

So last week I finally made some!

I'm not kidding when I tell you this was so freaking easy. Now I want to make soap for every gift-giving occasion.. and really just for myself. Since we're not making the actual soap base here, literally all you do is melt, mix and pour. And BAM, you have soap bars 2 hours later.

This particular mixture is great for your skin! The goat's milk is super soft and moisturizing, the poppy seeds exfoliate the skin and grapefruit oil is said to balance skin discoloration. DOUBLE BAM.

Here's what you need...

10oz goat's milk melt-and-pour soap base - They sell this at most craft stores or you can find 
it on Amazon here. I bought a 30oz pack at Hobby Lobby.
1/2 grapefruit, zested
1 tbsp poppy seeds
10 drops grapefruit essential oil - oils also sold at most craft stores.
4 drops mint essential oil
Bowl for microwaving
Disposable wooden stick for stirring - I used the end of my spoon and it washed 
off fine.. it is soap after all!
Soap molds - sold at craft stores. 

Here's what you do...

Cut your soap base into large chunks and put in a microwave safe bowl. 

Zest your grapefruit and have your poppy seeds and oils ready for mixing.

Microwave the soap base on high for 30 seconds. Keep microwaving in 10 second intervals and stirring until smooth. Be careful because it can burn if you over do it! You can also use a double boiler to melt on the stove if you prefer.

Once your soap is completely melted and smooth, add your oils and stir together. I couldn't find grapefruit essential oil at Hobby Lobby but they did have grapefruit soap fragrance which worked just as well. I read that it's not as powerful as essential oils so I used the entire bottle and did not regret it. 
It smells so freaking AH-MAZING.

Add your poppy seeds and grapefruit zest to the soap mixture and stir until distributed. Then pour into your molds. If you're going to be making many soaps in the future I recommend purchasing a silicone soap mold. They work better than the plastic ones at the craft store.

Place your soaps to the side and let harden for 2-3 hours. Check that they're hard before popping them out. Then dress them up for a friend or keep for yourself!!

I seriously loved this project. I couldn't believe how easy it was and how fast the soaps hardened. I need that instant gratification that I usually do not get when painting things. Obviously I need to work on my crafting patience. 

My mom and I tried to make lemon soap bars after this. Little did I know putting too much lemon juice in the soap base completely messes up the suspension.. aka they don't harden enough. Whoopsie! Craft fail! So in case you're thinking of experimenting with different scents... definitely use the essential oils. And not lemon juice....

Cheers my friends! Enjoy your weekend :)

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