Soak In The Moment

I just came inside after taking Maverick out. What I experienced outside was one of those perfect moments. I am so glad I was present for it. We walked to the back of the yard and the leaves were falling all around us. The wind was lightly blowing and the sun was peeking through the tree tops. I felt like I was in an autumn snow globe with leaves sailing down from the sky. As the leaves fell they looked like dancing fairies, it really was beautiful. As we stood there I felt so much gratitude. Gratitude for the time to be there and witness the beauty of nature. I took a deep breath and thought about how often I have rushed through my day and not stopped to see all the wonder of the natural world. In that moment I wished I had my phone or camera to document what I was experiencing. Without any technology to save the moment for me I took another deep breath and tried to take it all in. I have done this often with my kids. I will breathe deeply and just soak in the moment hoping that some small fragment of it will stick in my brain and heart so I can remember it later. It is so good to start your day with gratitude. Gratitude will color your whole day and get you off to a positive start.

D

xoxo

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Mashed Cauliflower

Last night we had mashed cauliflower. It turned out pretty good. I served it with pork chops and a pear crumble. I think next time I will add more spice. Mine did not turn out as creamy as some of the pictures I have seen. I would say it was more of a rice consistency. I used the food processor but in the end decided it was easier to mash it up with a potato masher. The family gave it a thumbs up so I think it will become part of our regular rotation. I used salt, garlic, and butter for flavoring. Have any of you made this dish before? What sort of flavoring did you use? Any tips on how to make it creamier? I think I may have steamed the cauliflower too long, I will experiment with a shorter steam time next time I make it.

D

xoxo

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Happy Day

Happiness happens when I meet my goals. I did a pretty good job of that today. One trick I have found that really helps me keep my goals in sight is just writing them down. So often I have so much to do that remembering it all can be overwhelming. When I write down what I want to get done it helps me to remember and prioritize things. I try not to see the list as a hard and fast, must be done, sort of thing. It is more of a guide to help me get through the day. Whatever doesn’t get done can roll over to the next day. Most of the things on my list are things that I need to do for me. I don’t have trouble remembering to do for others. It can be easy to put self-care on the back burner.

What tools do you use to keep your day on track?

D

xoxo

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Time Flies

October is slipping through my fingers. I have been enjoying it but I have so much more I want to do. I adore October and I often think of it as a love letter that lasts a month. The landscape is painted with such bright vibrant colors and the weather is so nice. With just a couple of weeks left in the month here are some things I still want to do.

1. Decorate. Halloween is my favorite holiday. Hopefully tomorrow I will get my decorations up.

2. Visit the corn maze. This is an annual family tradition. Here is a link to the corn maze we visit each year.

http://treinenfarm.com/

3. Carve a Jack O’Lantern. I usually wait until a couple days before Halloween to do this. They just last long if you carve them too early.

4. More walks. I try to walk outside as much as I can this time of the year.

5. Take more photos. This is really a great time to take photos. The scenery is so pretty, especially here in Wisconsin.

Are you a fan of October? What do you want to squeeze in before the month ends?

D

xoxo

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New Project

Today I had some big fun making my first bracelet. It was a little frustrating at first but once I got the hang of it I had a good time. I was not using a video or anything like that. I was copying a bracelet I already have. Here is a picture of what the bracelet looked like when I was finished.

New Bracelet

New Bracelet

I am making a choker to go with this. It feels good to learn a new skill and let my creativity flow in a new way. I find that nothing primes the creative pump like new creative experiences. Every crafty thing I do is made better by my acquiring more skills. When I complete the choker I will post a picture here.

D

xoxo

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Picking Up A New Craft

I am very interested in learning to make chainmail jewelry. Today I bought some rings to try to put together. I figure with winter on the way it is a good time to think about learning new crafts. Here are some videos I found:

Looks fun right? Have any of you ever tried this? What is your favorite winter craft?

D

xoxo

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A Night Off

Tomorrow Shawn and I have a night off. Meaning the kids will all be out of the house! I have no idea what we will do. It will probably involve some good food and relaxation. I am looking forward to sleeping in with Shawn and the dog. No matter what we do it will be good to have a date night. I don’t need an expensive night out or big exciting plans. All I need is some down time with my sweetheart. The weeks seem to fly by and we often go all week without having any time to really talk. Sometimes when the kids are gone we just sit in our pjs and watch tv, talk, and eat junk food. It may not seem like much but these are the times I treasure most. I savor those times when we can take a deep breath, hold hands, and remember that all we need is each other.

D

xoxo

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