early morning growth spurt.

I am convinced every time I get a little “too much” sleep (as in really getting a full nights sleep), my daughter knows this and feels it is her obligation to right my sleep habits.

This morning she woke up about 3:30am and decided she was ferociously hungry. I mean starving!! Mind you I had made a full dinner last night- turkey, pearl couscous, peas and biscuits. She devoured it all! Yet this morning she has already had a full bowl of Cheerios, large glass of water and an entire waffle.

It is amazing to me how much fuel a tiny body needs. But then again frog leaps and learning to use scissors are big things in her little world.

So as my husband crawls, drained from sleep deprivation, back into bed- I’m sitting here watching my little Tasmanian devil run around the kitchen before the sun gets up.

And that’s okay with me. I’ll sleep when she’s older. 🙂

(Better make some coffee!!)


the water project.

So many times I start a project the wrong way. I know I’m not the only one either! It often happens like this: hear of a new concern or problem (typically involving some sensitive part of my daily life- health, family, home… you get the idea), freak out from the possible ramifications of not reacting to said problem, research options to save me only to find expensive or extensive solutions, worry about how to solve it myself within my budget and time constraints and then get overwhelmed in the process.

My always patient husband is used to this and knows that sometimes the best thing to do is just listen and entertain me.

But every once in a while a new idea hits a nerve with both of us and we are ‘off and running’ on a new project together (which is always more fun).

And that brings us to our current project; what in the world are we eating and drinking??! I mean really ingesting- the unseen, microscopic things found in our food and water. (Remember- I’ve told you before I have slightly granola tendencies. So…you’ve been warned.)

One of my closest friends is always encouraging me through her clean living to be conscientious about what I’m eating and drinking and the effect it has on the planet (I’m not quite on the vegan wagon with her but might be knocking on that door). She distills her families water- and every time I’m over I drink a TON of it! It’s clean, smooth and doesn’t stink of chlorine.

As I started to look into water distillation I entered into this whole world of water filtration and purification. And yes- there is a difference between the two. But I had a hard time at first understanding why- living outside of one of the largest cities in our country- I would need to worry about our municipal water.

Heavy metals. Pharmaceuticals. Chemicals. Chlorine. Fluoride. Cysts. Viruses. Plastic particulates. Pesticides and herbicides. Oh my!

The city’s water report compared our water to the EPA standards prompted me to explore more of my cities’ history with the EPA. I uncovered previous violations of  drinking water from aquifers in our town- yes, I know they are separate from the municipal water- but it made me wonder how they got contaminated, what was in our soil, and if I could provide clean water to my family if I ever needed to in an emergency.

Providing water on a daily basis that doesn’t require electricity and can also serve us in an emergency seemed like a logical starting point.

And so- the search began.

Coincidentally, my brother was working on some emergency prep/water research himself and created a monolithic filtering system using Berkey filters. I was familiar with Berkey systems from other family members, but hadn’t really considered it because of the start up cost and counter space required (1950’s kitchens dont exactly afford you tons of space for modern appliances).

The more I compared the monolithic system, reverse osmosis, distillation, ceramic filters (like the Berkey) and traditional carbon gravity filters (think Brita or ZeroWater), I realized this was a big can of worms and I needed to narrow down what my specific needs were.

How many people did I need to provide clean water to every day?

Do I want to utilize said water in cooking? Cleaning? 

Do I want to use electricity or have it be a portable option (camping) that can run anytime anyplace? (Emergency prep)

What is my water source? (Rain runoff, municipal water, the creek across the street… Etc)

What is in my water that I want removed?

How often do I want to maintain the equipment? (If there is an emergency how long can I provide clean water for my family without needing a replacement that I might not be able to get?)

Lots of questions- right??!!! Is your mind starting to wander off and think about your own  city’s water? Did you just look at that glass- or bottle- of water next to you with concern?Maybe yes- maybe no.  If yes- you’re in luck. I did a lot of reading and shopping online and can save you some time- and share my enthusiasm for what we found.

So- come back and keep reading!!!  The second part of my water journey is coming tomorrow!!

Denim and lace. Summer.

Denim and lace. Summer.

Denim jacket
$75 – next.co.uk

Alice + Olivia highwaisted shorts
$560 – harveynichols.com

$1,460 – wolfandbadger.com


Charm necklace

planning ahead. father’s day.

I am starting to think ahead to Father’s Day- not that I have this much time on my hands, but because I know I need to plan this far in advance if anything is going to be ready on time. While the Hubby got his ‘dream machine’- a riding lawn mower- for an early Father’s Day, I still want to surprise him with something for the office. 

Enter- Shanty2Chic– and their fab. Father’s Day DIY frame! Love it. 

Hey guys!

I decided to make my hubby a little something for his office for Father’s Day this year!  I used one of my very favorite ‘Daddy’ sayings to make this project.  Here is how it turned out…

I made the printable in 3 different colors to give you guys options.  These are so easy to print.  You just click the printable you want to open the pdf file.  Then, just push print from your top browser bar… Simple! Oh… And free ;-)!

Father’s Day Gray Printable

Father’s Day Black Printable

Father’s Day Brown Printable

Now for the project…

You will need one 2×10 board from Lowe’s or HD.  I bought mine for $7.27.  Cheap!

I cut one piece at 11″ and another piece at 7″.  You can also have the hardware store cut it for you!

I used a new stain color on these!  Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut, I found Kona!  LOVE, LOVE!

It only took one stain and dried super fast!

I decided to use the gray printable for my hubby.  I printed it on regular white card stock.  Then, I just trimmed the extra edge off.

I attached my printable to my big block using these bronze furniture tacks that can also be found at the Lowe’s.  No need to glue or use Mod Podge… Just hammer it on! So easy!!

I also printed a 5×7 picture of all the kiddos.  You can do 1 hour developing at Walmart for under $2 if you prefer that!  I used the tacks again to attach my picture to my other block.

That’s it… Under 1 hour and under $10… Woohoo!  And I know my hubby will love it.  That’s the best part!  What do you think??

I would love for you to PIN and share this below!! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great weekend!!



This tutorial is featured from Shanty2Chic blog’s post from June 8th, 2012 entitled: Father’s Day Gift & Free Printables. Find the full post HERE.  All photos and information are cited from Shanty2Chic.


I am going to make my own typography styled print for the second “frame” (since we only have a daugther)- who doesn’t love a little sunny day project?! 


winner. winner.

Congratulations, Maureen! (She didn’t win a chicken dinner.. but it’s something way better!!)

Maureen just won a children’s allergy tshirt from Talk for Me Tee’s & RefurbishedTeacher.

Stay tuned for more giveaways- and THANK YOU to everyone that followed, shared & entered! Image