Friday, July 30, 2010

Looking forward to my 70's

Why can't they make shoes that look like this...

But feel like this?
{p.s. I typed "grandma shoe" into Google, if you're looking to find these for yourself...}



Seriously! We went looking around at different stores tonight getting some things for camp and I wore flats sandals. Nothing fancy or too painful and my feet were miserable! Why am I such an old lady?! Why does it have to be a choice, either fashion or function? Why? WHY???

Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Sweet Girl


Our Ruby is 5 months old and as smiley as ever. She is getting more and more of a personality and it's downright amazing. I can't get over this whole motherhood thing. I changed drastically the moment I had her. I've never known love like this. I am now part of the "you won't understand until you have children" club. That statement couldn't be more true. I even sing a little song to Ruby telling her how much I love her and she may never know quite how much until she has a little girl of her own. Along with becoming one with my husband in marriage and the blessing that's bred, this the best thing I've ever been able to be a part.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things (these days)




1. 40 oz of stainless steel. I've been pottying a lot...

2. This is the pattern/make/style Beco carrier we got and we loooove it! Major props to the eBay seller who sent it to us the moment we paid for it. (Thanks again Aunt Shannon for the recommendation!)

3. Bare Minerals Warmth. I'm not a big make-up person, but I love this stuff. Without it I'd be as white as a, I don't know...tooth?

4. Nike Tempo shorts. These are the best running shorts ever. If you Google the price you'll see why I only own one pair. But I love 'em.

5. Homemade bread! We have been looooving this! We decided to stop buying store-bought bread and make it ourselves (by "our"selves I mean "my"self. The other day I said "babe you can make the bread, it's really easy" and he said "nah, it's ok". Thinking he was unsure of himself making it I said in the best encouraging voice I could "oh, well why not?" and he just said "Because I don't want to". That's honest! I don't blame him for not wanting to put on an apron and knead dough)

6. Couldn't find a picture of this...but  A CLEAN HOUSE! Literally VERY few things put me in the same mood a clean house puts me in. It's like...oh...better than anything.

7. Lavender oil. My deodorant. Yes that's right folks. There is aluminum in stick deodorant and all sorts of mysteries and we all know your skin soaks in EVERYTHING you put on it. So a pure essential oil is what my underarms are a-gettin'.

What are a few of YOUR favorite things these days?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Yay!

We just bought a Beco Baby Carrier on eBay and I caaaaaan't WAIT for it to get here!
Have you seen these?

We are helping lead our church's youth camp in a couple weeks and it is HOT HOT HOT over there in Oklahoma and Ruby is HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY...well, everywhere. So me holding her everywhere is not an option. And the Moby Wrap, while I absolutely love it, is just too hot this time of year. Enter THE BECO CARRIER! The straps are on both sides so it's super comfy and you can hold them on your front or back. I am so excited to wear little Ruby is this thing!



Friday, July 16, 2010

Best Stay At Home Mom Day EVER!

Yesterday I got to do something I have been looking forward to for weeks now. I got to get my house all picked up and BAKE! From scratch! It was sooo fun and I am so thankful and thrilled to be getting to do something my heart has desired FOR YEARS but I just simply didn't know how to nor did I have the time.  (But if you want it bad enough, you'll make the time for it.)

These are the ingredients for my granola bars. Sooooo yummy. But they fall apart... I don't know how to keep them in bar form...any suggestions?

Then I made HOMEMADE BREAD! It's called Amish White Bread, but I tweaked the recipe here and there with whole wheat flour in one loaf, and brown sugar and raisins in the other. (Those are the granola bars in the back, before I cut them all up)



What's a day in the kitchen without my little helper?
(Recognize that book, Leslie? She LOOOOVES it!)

Such a lovely sight and feeling...my breakfast this morning was all natural and homemade bread and local, free range egg from a friend of ours' chickens. 
(One of their hen's name is "Jessica Kiehn" per the request of their 5 year old daughter)
The drink is decaf iced coffee. Make a whole pot then stick it in the fridge over night and you have yourself a much cheaper Starbucks at home! I use Half and Half for creamer because it doesn't have anything fake added to it, it's just cream. 


Ok, so while I was in the middle of my baking, my Nanny called and asked if she could stop by and see Ruby and me. OF COURSE! So when she came by she had a little bag for me with the best gift I could ever think or imagine..

In it was this apron. My great-grandma Campbell's apron. She wore a dress and an apron every single day of her life. I never saw her without one of these waste aprons on. I loved that about her. She baked a pie every. single. morning.
Yes, that's an old farm town thing. You always have coffee and a fresh baked pie in case anybody dropped by for a visit. There is so many memories and history in this one little apron and I am downright honored and tickled to pieces to get to wear it around my waste, cook in it, and pass it down to my daughter one day.

Next in the bag was this cookbook. THE cookbook that my Nanny and Mom learned to cook from, basically. Nanny loved it so much when she got it years and years ago that she bought many. Looking through it I can see where the two of them got so many of the meals I remember having growing up. Now I get to make them! It's from the 70's...I love that.

Then last but certainly not least...this binder. Stocked FULL of Nanny's personal, classic, family recipes. Full of tips from a woman who has been cooking for way longer than I've been alive. 
There is so much work and love put into this, I was speechless. I can't wait to dive in and make some of these goodies!!!
Thank you, sweet NANNY!!!



Oh! The organization! 
(can you hear the Hallelujah chorus??)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The New Me

The other day I jumped on this...


...and wished I had these.

Any other new Moms with me on this one?!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

C25K


(Well, yuck, sorry this picture is blurry.)
But have you seen this app? It's amazing. I am not a runner, people. Well...I'm not naturally. The very thought of running intimidates the crap out of me. I would get nervous just putting my tennis shoes on, seriously. But this app is PERFECT for beginners! It takes you in obtainable steps, from Couch To 5K (C25K) and again...

little by little...
our family slogan.

Get out there and get your heart rate up! Bless yo' body!
It's great because it just comes naturally, that when you excercise, you eat better. Who wants a burger and fries after you've just accomplished a physical goal for yourself that you didn't think was possible?


Friday, July 9, 2010

King Of The Hill



Thanks to Netflix Instant Watch and no cable TV (nevah!!!) I've been logging hours of these people.
They're a good bunch.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Stop The Pop! Or at least switch...

For those of you who just can't kick the Coke habit, or worse, the DIET COKE habit... there is hope.
 First of all, I want to reeeeally encourage you to work towards cutting soda out all together. 
It's making you chubbier. There, that should help stop. 
But really, "diet" food are stocked full of fake, genetically modified products that your body doesn't recognize and just downright can't break down or metabolize. 

But again, transitions are a beautiful thing. "Little by little" is a common phrase here in our household because that's how long lasting changes are done. So while kicking the habit...get you some of these bad boys. 
Zevia...nothing fake, nothing unnatural, and it's still Diet! (Because it's sweetened with Stevia, a sweet leaf plant)

Sold at, again, Ozark Herb & Spice if you're local.
For those days that you are trying to quit but are CRAVING a Sonic Diet Coke....open the fridge to an ice cold Zevia instead! They are DELICIOUS!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jessica's Dream Day

Yesterday morning Kevin had off of work due to the Fourth (hallelujah!)
So we got to sleep in till around 9, and apparently he and Ruby woke up before me and I just didn't notice them getting out of bed (Thank you, Tempur-Pedic)
So I'm half asleep when I hear Eye Of The Tiger blaring from the living room, and feel Kevin ripping the blanket off of me and yelling
"Jessica Kiehn, this is your dream day!"
He grabbed my hand and pulled me out of bed to organic eggs and toast for breakfast, and showed me the itinerary for the day that he had created. 
Once I got past the utter shock and terror that I thought some sort of game show crew, audience, and friends of ours would be gathered in our living room by the way he presented it...I couldn't stop smiling and thanking him for taking his day off to bless me, and do all the things my little heart desires.


What's a dream day without playing with this girl?
(Thank you, Aunt Shannon, for the mirror on the baseboard idea!)


After we went running as a family, yes running, we came home to an awesome, healthy dinner (per the itinerary) that Ruby helped make. Thank you, you amazing Heavenly Father for blessing me with this life and this family. Some may call it so simple, and it is, and I love that. 

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Blowout



My mothering abilities were tested yesterday morning when I reached over for Ruby with my eyes closed, both of us half asleep, and I felt something slimy on her little back. Her first blowout- agh! Kevin was of course at work so I had to tackle this single-handedly. It's hard to rinse a chubby, wet baby in the tub that can't sit up on her own yet! She was slipping and sliding all over. But we did it. 
She's even cute with crap up her back.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Praise The Lord...I Saw The Light!


For months now, I have been looking for an organic soap. Your skin is your largest organ, soaking in everything you put on it. 
(Have you looked at the ingredients in your soaps, shaving creams, lotions, etc?!)
 Anyways...I FOUND IT! Literally the best soap I've ever used. When I shaved with this stuff, my legs were smoother than they've ever been. For any of you that know me, you know how much I despise shaving my legs. It burns, hurts, never looks good, and my legs still feel prickly at the end. 
NOT WITH THIS MAGIC POTION of natural oils. It's amazing!
 Dr. Bronner's Magic Shikakai Soap...get some today!

*For those of you living in NW Arkansas, Ozark Herb and Spice in Bentonville sells it, a huge bottle that will last you forever, for $14.99*


Friday, July 30, 2010

Looking forward to my 70's

Why can't they make shoes that look like this...

But feel like this?
{p.s. I typed "grandma shoe" into Google, if you're looking to find these for yourself...}



Seriously! We went looking around at different stores tonight getting some things for camp and I wore flats sandals. Nothing fancy or too painful and my feet were miserable! Why am I such an old lady?! Why does it have to be a choice, either fashion or function? Why? WHY???

Thursday, July 29, 2010

My Sweet Girl


Our Ruby is 5 months old and as smiley as ever. She is getting more and more of a personality and it's downright amazing. I can't get over this whole motherhood thing. I changed drastically the moment I had her. I've never known love like this. I am now part of the "you won't understand until you have children" club. That statement couldn't be more true. I even sing a little song to Ruby telling her how much I love her and she may never know quite how much until she has a little girl of her own. Along with becoming one with my husband in marriage and the blessing that's bred, this the best thing I've ever been able to be a part.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things (these days)




1. 40 oz of stainless steel. I've been pottying a lot...

2. This is the pattern/make/style Beco carrier we got and we loooove it! Major props to the eBay seller who sent it to us the moment we paid for it. (Thanks again Aunt Shannon for the recommendation!)

3. Bare Minerals Warmth. I'm not a big make-up person, but I love this stuff. Without it I'd be as white as a, I don't know...tooth?

4. Nike Tempo shorts. These are the best running shorts ever. If you Google the price you'll see why I only own one pair. But I love 'em.

5. Homemade bread! We have been looooving this! We decided to stop buying store-bought bread and make it ourselves (by "our"selves I mean "my"self. The other day I said "babe you can make the bread, it's really easy" and he said "nah, it's ok". Thinking he was unsure of himself making it I said in the best encouraging voice I could "oh, well why not?" and he just said "Because I don't want to". That's honest! I don't blame him for not wanting to put on an apron and knead dough)

6. Couldn't find a picture of this...but  A CLEAN HOUSE! Literally VERY few things put me in the same mood a clean house puts me in. It's like...oh...better than anything.

7. Lavender oil. My deodorant. Yes that's right folks. There is aluminum in stick deodorant and all sorts of mysteries and we all know your skin soaks in EVERYTHING you put on it. So a pure essential oil is what my underarms are a-gettin'.

What are a few of YOUR favorite things these days?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Yay!

We just bought a Beco Baby Carrier on eBay and I caaaaaan't WAIT for it to get here!
Have you seen these?

We are helping lead our church's youth camp in a couple weeks and it is HOT HOT HOT over there in Oklahoma and Ruby is HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY...well, everywhere. So me holding her everywhere is not an option. And the Moby Wrap, while I absolutely love it, is just too hot this time of year. Enter THE BECO CARRIER! The straps are on both sides so it's super comfy and you can hold them on your front or back. I am so excited to wear little Ruby is this thing!



Friday, July 16, 2010

Best Stay At Home Mom Day EVER!

Yesterday I got to do something I have been looking forward to for weeks now. I got to get my house all picked up and BAKE! From scratch! It was sooo fun and I am so thankful and thrilled to be getting to do something my heart has desired FOR YEARS but I just simply didn't know how to nor did I have the time.  (But if you want it bad enough, you'll make the time for it.)

These are the ingredients for my granola bars. Sooooo yummy. But they fall apart... I don't know how to keep them in bar form...any suggestions?

Then I made HOMEMADE BREAD! It's called Amish White Bread, but I tweaked the recipe here and there with whole wheat flour in one loaf, and brown sugar and raisins in the other. (Those are the granola bars in the back, before I cut them all up)



What's a day in the kitchen without my little helper?
(Recognize that book, Leslie? She LOOOOVES it!)

Such a lovely sight and feeling...my breakfast this morning was all natural and homemade bread and local, free range egg from a friend of ours' chickens. 
(One of their hen's name is "Jessica Kiehn" per the request of their 5 year old daughter)
The drink is decaf iced coffee. Make a whole pot then stick it in the fridge over night and you have yourself a much cheaper Starbucks at home! I use Half and Half for creamer because it doesn't have anything fake added to it, it's just cream. 


Ok, so while I was in the middle of my baking, my Nanny called and asked if she could stop by and see Ruby and me. OF COURSE! So when she came by she had a little bag for me with the best gift I could ever think or imagine..

In it was this apron. My great-grandma Campbell's apron. She wore a dress and an apron every single day of her life. I never saw her without one of these waste aprons on. I loved that about her. She baked a pie every. single. morning.
Yes, that's an old farm town thing. You always have coffee and a fresh baked pie in case anybody dropped by for a visit. There is so many memories and history in this one little apron and I am downright honored and tickled to pieces to get to wear it around my waste, cook in it, and pass it down to my daughter one day.

Next in the bag was this cookbook. THE cookbook that my Nanny and Mom learned to cook from, basically. Nanny loved it so much when she got it years and years ago that she bought many. Looking through it I can see where the two of them got so many of the meals I remember having growing up. Now I get to make them! It's from the 70's...I love that.

Then last but certainly not least...this binder. Stocked FULL of Nanny's personal, classic, family recipes. Full of tips from a woman who has been cooking for way longer than I've been alive. 
There is so much work and love put into this, I was speechless. I can't wait to dive in and make some of these goodies!!!
Thank you, sweet NANNY!!!



Oh! The organization! 
(can you hear the Hallelujah chorus??)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The New Me

The other day I jumped on this...


...and wished I had these.

Any other new Moms with me on this one?!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

C25K


(Well, yuck, sorry this picture is blurry.)
But have you seen this app? It's amazing. I am not a runner, people. Well...I'm not naturally. The very thought of running intimidates the crap out of me. I would get nervous just putting my tennis shoes on, seriously. But this app is PERFECT for beginners! It takes you in obtainable steps, from Couch To 5K (C25K) and again...

little by little...
our family slogan.

Get out there and get your heart rate up! Bless yo' body!
It's great because it just comes naturally, that when you excercise, you eat better. Who wants a burger and fries after you've just accomplished a physical goal for yourself that you didn't think was possible?


Friday, July 9, 2010

King Of The Hill



Thanks to Netflix Instant Watch and no cable TV (nevah!!!) I've been logging hours of these people.
They're a good bunch.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Stop The Pop! Or at least switch...

For those of you who just can't kick the Coke habit, or worse, the DIET COKE habit... there is hope.
 First of all, I want to reeeeally encourage you to work towards cutting soda out all together. 
It's making you chubbier. There, that should help stop. 
But really, "diet" food are stocked full of fake, genetically modified products that your body doesn't recognize and just downright can't break down or metabolize. 

But again, transitions are a beautiful thing. "Little by little" is a common phrase here in our household because that's how long lasting changes are done. So while kicking the habit...get you some of these bad boys. 
Zevia...nothing fake, nothing unnatural, and it's still Diet! (Because it's sweetened with Stevia, a sweet leaf plant)

Sold at, again, Ozark Herb & Spice if you're local.
For those days that you are trying to quit but are CRAVING a Sonic Diet Coke....open the fridge to an ice cold Zevia instead! They are DELICIOUS!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jessica's Dream Day

Yesterday morning Kevin had off of work due to the Fourth (hallelujah!)
So we got to sleep in till around 9, and apparently he and Ruby woke up before me and I just didn't notice them getting out of bed (Thank you, Tempur-Pedic)
So I'm half asleep when I hear Eye Of The Tiger blaring from the living room, and feel Kevin ripping the blanket off of me and yelling
"Jessica Kiehn, this is your dream day!"
He grabbed my hand and pulled me out of bed to organic eggs and toast for breakfast, and showed me the itinerary for the day that he had created. 
Once I got past the utter shock and terror that I thought some sort of game show crew, audience, and friends of ours would be gathered in our living room by the way he presented it...I couldn't stop smiling and thanking him for taking his day off to bless me, and do all the things my little heart desires.


What's a dream day without playing with this girl?
(Thank you, Aunt Shannon, for the mirror on the baseboard idea!)


After we went running as a family, yes running, we came home to an awesome, healthy dinner (per the itinerary) that Ruby helped make. Thank you, you amazing Heavenly Father for blessing me with this life and this family. Some may call it so simple, and it is, and I love that. 

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Blowout



My mothering abilities were tested yesterday morning when I reached over for Ruby with my eyes closed, both of us half asleep, and I felt something slimy on her little back. Her first blowout- agh! Kevin was of course at work so I had to tackle this single-handedly. It's hard to rinse a chubby, wet baby in the tub that can't sit up on her own yet! She was slipping and sliding all over. But we did it. 
She's even cute with crap up her back.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Praise The Lord...I Saw The Light!


For months now, I have been looking for an organic soap. Your skin is your largest organ, soaking in everything you put on it. 
(Have you looked at the ingredients in your soaps, shaving creams, lotions, etc?!)
 Anyways...I FOUND IT! Literally the best soap I've ever used. When I shaved with this stuff, my legs were smoother than they've ever been. For any of you that know me, you know how much I despise shaving my legs. It burns, hurts, never looks good, and my legs still feel prickly at the end. 
NOT WITH THIS MAGIC POTION of natural oils. It's amazing!
 Dr. Bronner's Magic Shikakai Soap...get some today!

*For those of you living in NW Arkansas, Ozark Herb and Spice in Bentonville sells it, a huge bottle that will last you forever, for $14.99*