Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Honey Bee Tees

I've got another fun trunk show coming your way.

If you haven't heard of these tees then you need to go check them out here.  If you've been in search of the perfect tee for your little one then look no further! These are cute and comfy. It's actually a tee that you will want them to wear and they will too! This is a cash and carry show so you can take everything with you! These are new designs and are not available on the website. Tees range in size from 2T-10 and are $16.50 each. There are some hats and visors too! Perfect for spring and summer weather. My kiddos wore them all summer long last year.

The show will be at my house.

Monday, April 8th from 3-7pm
Tuesday, April 9th from 9-1pm.

Come early for the best assortment. If I run out of your size, you can place an order. Leave a comment below or email me with questions or to get my address.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

"Cleanse" This

    I've been wanting to try out the whole "cleanse" thing for a while. It's become quite popular lately and I figured it was time to see for myself what everyone has been raving about, so I was able to rope J into it and we decided to go for it on a Monday following a long and possibly a little overindulgent weekend. 

     I chose Whole Living's Three Day Action Plan Reboot for us:
     get recipes here

    3 Days 3 Meals

    Strawberry-Grapefruit Smoothie

    Beet, Avocado and Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds

    Carrot-Spinach Soup with Dill

    Snacking is allowed. Choose two of these each day.
    Avocado Rolls
    Coconut "Gorp"
    Apple with Tahini
    Banana "Ice Cream"
    Radishes with Olive Oil
    Collard Chips

    Not bad, right? Those meals look pretty satisfying. And look-snacks are allowed in between meals, so you won't ever have to be really hungry. It'll be fun, a little challenge for J and I to accomplish together. And think about how great we'll feel. Let's get started!

    Day One 
    Breakfast- Grapefruit shake- We both agreed it was pretty tasty and filling. We can do this!
    Lunch- The salad is really good and is something I will make again. Feeling good!
    Snack- Wait, are you sure that's all the banana chips I can have?
    Dinner- Soup. Yum! what's for dinner?
    Dessert- Not even a freaking banana chip?
    Dinner till bedtime- I really have never noticed just how many food commercials are on television. Or how annoying my husband is. Or just how much I love having just half a scoop of ice cream as a sort of grand finally to my day. 

    Day Two
    Morning Shake- again? This is when J broke down and popped two Kashi waffles in the toaster. He is weak. But my god does he look happy spreading peanut butter on those delicious waffles. I down my shake and walk away.
    Lunch- This salad tasted way better yesterday. 
    Snack- An angry moment with a handful of radishes quickly followed by a phone call that went like this,
    "Hey babe, will you pick up some chicken and veggies and quinoa on the way home?"
    "Your giving up on day two?"
    "You gave up on morning two, now go to the store so we can have some stir fry tonight."

    And that stir fry was delicious. 

    I could have made it the whole three days- I just really didn't want to. I was in a horrible mood, I felt weak and tired and angry and hungry and just really had a lot going on and the last thing I needed was some damn magazine telling me when and what I can eat. I mean, who does this "cleanse" think it is, anyway? Trying to ruin my three days bossing me around like that. If I want chicken and vegetables, I'm going to have chicken and vegetables. Is that really so wrong? No, it's not. And that's why I (and J) have decided to cleanse ourselves of any future cleansing plans. Cleanse this bitches.

    Friday, March 1, 2013

    60 Years

    My mom celebrated her 60th birthday last month. My brother, dad and I racked our brains, trying to figure out what to get the person that has everything. Generally, my mom goes out and buys pretty much whatever she wants (within reason) so shopping for her is a bit difficult and surprising her is almost impossible. 
    How should I say this? My mom is a little nosy curious and a control freak very helpful.

    So with some help from the internet, I came up with this…

    60 Years of Memories 

    I emailed (my dad, aunt and one of my mom’s best friends helped me with addresses) a letter to family, friends from my mom’s hometown, college friends, grownup friends, etc. asking them to write a memory or more than one if they wanted that they had with my mom. They could either mail or email it to me. 

    I sent the email about 3 weeks before her birthday and then I waited. 
    And then the replies started coming in and I was amazed. It was so fun getting the emails and checking the mail every day. The memories kept coming in. The idea is to have a memory in each envelope but the response was so great that I had multiple memories in the 60 envelopes. They came from childhood friends, high school and college friends, co-workers, new and old friends, family, so many people. We gave them to her at a party we threw for her a couple of weekends ago. It was pretty awesome, my mom LOVED it and it was a complete surprise! It was also a lot of fun getting a little glimpse into her past. My mom is such an amazing person. She’s the life of the party, the person that everyone wants to be around. There were some really funny stories and very sweet memories.

    It turns out you can make a lot of memories in sixty years. And then, if you're lucky, you can relive them all over again.

    Happy Birthday, Mom!! 
    I love you to the moon and back. Here’s to sixty more years of memories! ;)

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Last Week

    Just a few of my favs from last week...

    Handmade necklaces from my sweet boy.


    W's handmade thank you notes. She was so proud.
    (finally got these out, only a month late)

    Single serving chocolate chip cookies.
    They're good. 

    Here's the recipe.

    Perfect Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Makes two large chocolate chip cookies 

    2 tablespoons of butter
    2 firmly packed tablespoons of dark brown sugar
    1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
    Pinch of kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
    1 egg yolk - discard or set aside egg white for a different use
    1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
    1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
    3 heaping tablespoons of semisweet chocolate chips

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter just until it starts to melt and is softened. Blend softened butter, sugars, salt, and vanilla together by hand. Add egg yolk and stir again. Add baking soda and flour and stir until combined. Then stir in chocolate chips. 

    Form cookie dough into two balls and place on baking sheet. The cookies will spread during baking, so make sure they are several inches apart. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.

    Remove baking sheet from oven and give the baking sheet a firm, but careful bang on the counter top. This will deflate the cookie and give it a perfect wrinkly appearance. 

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

    Well Hello

    Um yeah, it's been awhile. Miss me? I've been working on a post for several weeks and never seem to be able to finish  it. And now it's been well over a month. And the post just keeps getting longer and longer with me trying to play catch up. We've been busy but that's not really a good excuse because aren't we all busy?Maybe I just needed a computer break. Last month was a whirlwind. I want to keep track of the highlights since I use this blog mostly for documenting our little life. Picture over load is about to happen.

    Let's start with Thanksgiving since that is where I last left off. Jay and I hosted his family, 18 people for dinner. My sister-in-law and I cooked for everyone and freaking rocked it! The long weekend was nonstop chaos but SO much fun!

    Seating for 18 is a little tricky. We lined up two long tables.

    With our large family comes lots of big, sweet dogs.

    A little beach time

    and cousin love. W is laughing here.

    Blessing before dinner. Everyone was yelling at me for taking this picture because they were hungry. :)
    I did a few holiday markets between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it was a little crazy but all went really well. A BIG thank you to everyone who ordered from Little Fish over the holidays!

    December was also spent decorating our house, hosting our annual progressive dinner party (which by the way was tons of fun), keeping up with holiday happenings and parties, chasing kids, shopping, family...the list goes on and on.

    Don't you love all the random decorations hung on the same branch?

    This is totally keeping it real. This was the state of my house after Thanksgiving. Then I decided to just start pulling decorations out which = random shit everywhere.

    A little sleigh ride. Note the sign on the sleigh. Oops. Why do they put this in Marion Square if kids can't climb on it??

    This is what happens when these two are left alone for too long.

    We added a new member to our family after Thanksgiving. Not us! :) I have a new niece and she is beautiful! Love her to pieces.

    We also had a birthday party for this sweetness. She turned 5. It is crazy how time flies.

    She wanted a winter fairy party.
    This is what I came up with. They decorated fairy houses, made winter fairy crowns and filled containers with pixie dust.

    Waiting for birthday cake.

    Then watched Secret of the Wings. The winter fairy is Tinkerbell's long lost sister for those of you that don't know. I wasn't aware she had a sister either.

    We also made little fairy houses in the backyard for the girls to play in while the boys beat the crap out of each other in the jump castle.

    W had a ball!

    We had pictures taken by sweet Christina with Good Graces Photography. She is awesome!  If you need professional pictures, you should call her. She was great with my kids especially with H who HATES to have his picture taken. Here are a few from the photo session.

    Thank you Christina!

    My intent was to use one or two of those pictures for our Christmas card. Which didn't happen. Then I was going to do a New Year's Card which I haven't ordered. So what's the next holiday,Valentine's Day?? Hmmm. We'll see. Or maybe I'll just randomly send out a card. Still need to send out cards with our new address and thank you notes from W's bday. Great, I'm already starting the new year off way behind!

    We spent the Christmas break traveling around the upstate seeing family and friends. It was so much fun and the kiddos were so good. Three and four were such great ages for Christmas this year. They loved every minute of it and it was so fun to see their sweet faces on Christmas morning.

    Checking out the Christmas parade. When H figured out they were throwing candy. He pushed his way to the front. I have no idea who these people are around us.

     H went to church in these one Sunday.

    Checking out his new sticker book while sporting his new robe Christmas morning.

    Christmas dinner #2 at my in-laws. H was claiming his seat. He was afraid someone else would take it. He sat there by himself for a good 30 minutes before dinner was ready.

    W and H mimicking their Aunt MH. Who's holding the real baby?

    W so excited about her new doll. Which by the way she named Twilight????

    Christmas Eve after church and a fun party.

    H and Doc heading to the Christmas Eve service.

    New rides from Santa. Flying down a large hill in front of my parent's house. No fear.

    We also did Elf on the Shelf for the first time this year and both W and H were super into it. I was afraid the whole thing would be a total pain in the ass and we would forget to move him but that only happened once. And we ended up having a lot of fun with it. Here are a few pics of our trouble maker elf, Chippy.

    Making a "snow" angel.

    Ziplining across the living room.

    Over the next month, I'm going to be making a few updates/changes to the shop. Stay tuned!

    I think that gets me back up to speed. I'll try not to be a stranger.

    If anyone is interested, you can follow me on instagram, griffinbrook. Lately, I've been updating there a little more than the blog. :)


    Friday, January 4, 2013

    A Little Randomness

    Oh, Hello! I'm still here. Just trying to get back into the swing of things. I've got an update post coming. In the meantime, I saw this on Facebook. It's a little random but worth reading. I've got a long while before my kiddos are old enough for phones but I wanted to share in case yours are. There are some good rules for adults too. Somtimes I wish someone would enforce #4 for me. :)
    This mother has her own blog, here. Her 13 year old son has been begging for an iphone for months. He finally got his wish for Christmas but it came with a set of rules from his mom and dad. Below is the note that was attached to the phone...
    Gregory’s iPhone Contract

    Dear Gregory
    Merry Christmas!  You are now the proud owner of an iPhone.  Hot Damn!  You are a good & responsible 13 year old boy and you deserve this gift.  But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations.  Please read through the following contract.  I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it.  Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.

     I love you madly & look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.

    The Rules.

     1.  It is my phone.  I bought it.  I pay for it.  I am loaning it to you.  Aren’t I the greatest?
     2.  I will always know the password.
     3.  If it rings, answer it.  It is a phone.  Say hello, use your manners.  Do not ever ignore a phone  
          call if the screen reads “Mom” or “Dad”.  Not ever.
     4.  Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30pm every school night & every    
          weekend night at 9:00pm.  It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30am.  If  
          you would not make a call to someone’s land line, wherein their parents may answer 
         first, then do not call or text.  Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would 
         like to be respected. 
    5.  It does not go to school with you.  Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It’s a        life skill. *Half days, field trips and after school activities will require special consideration.
    6.  If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible
         for the replacement costs or repairs.  Mow a lawn, babysit, stash some birthday money.  It will 
        happen, you should be prepared.
    7.  Do not use this technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being.  Do not involve yoursel
         in conversations that are hurtful to others.  Be a good friend first or stay the hell out of the 
    8.   Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.
    9.   Do not text, email, or say anything to someone that you would not say out loud with their parents
          in the room.  Censor yourself.
    10. No porn.  Search the web for information you would openly share with me.  If you have a
          question about anything, ask a person – preferably me or your father. 
    11. Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public.  Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while
          speaking with another human being.  You are not a rude person; do not allow the iPhone to
         change that.
    12.  Do not send or receive pictures of your private parts or anyone else’s private parts.  Don’t
          laugh.  Someday you will be tempted to do this despite your high intelligence.  It is risky and     could ruin your teenage/college/adult life.  It is always a bad idea.  Cyberspace is vast and more  
          powerful than you.  And it is hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear – including a
          bad  reputation.
    13.  Don’t take a zillion pictures and videos.  There is no need to document everything.  Live your
          experiences.  They will be stored in your memory for eternity.
    14.  Leave your phone home sometimes and feel safe and secure in that decision.  It is not alive or an
          extension of you.  Learn to live without it.  Be bigger and more powerful than FOMO – fear of
          missing out. 
    15.  Download music that is new or classic or different than the millions of your peers that listen to
           the same exact stuff.  Your generation has access to music like never before in history.  Take
           advantage of that gift.  Expand your horizons.
    16.  Play a game with words or puzzles or brain teasers every now and then.
    17.  Keep your eyes up.  See the world happening around you.  Stare out a window.  Listen to the
           birds.  Take a walk.  Talk to a stranger.  Wonder without googling. 
    18.  You will mess up.  I will take away your phone.  We will sit down and talk about it.  We       
           will start over again.  You & I, we are always learning.  I am on your team.  We are in this

    It is my hope that you can agree to these terms.  Most of the lessons listed here do not just apply to the iPhone, but to life.  You are growing up in a fast and ever changing world.  It is exciting and enticing. Keep it simple every chance you get.  Trust your powerful mind and giant heart above any machine.  I love you.  I hope you enjoy your awesome new iPhone.  Merry Christmas!

    Happy Friday! I'll be back next week!