For Sale

Hi guys!

I have a few things to sell today :) Excuse the wrinkles...most have been folder or messed-up folds.

Prices INCLUDE shipping.
EMAIL me number of item you would like. inthiswonderfullife{@}gmail{dot}com
First come first serve :)

1.  SOLD I love this top and ordered it from SheInside.com
It's a small, but fits more like an XS
It came in plastic, no tag. I tried on & it was too tight in chest. I'm awful at mailing things back.
$25 shipped

2. SOLD Seven, sequin A-pockets
New with tags
I've hard for ever and never wore.
size 27
$65 shipped

3.SOLD Tobi, "It's A Wrap II Dress" in Salmon
Came in plastic, no tag
Never worn 
size S
$45 shipped

4.  SOLD Samara, boy's blue bubble
New with tags
$16 shipped

5. Hartstrings, sweater dress
New with tags
$18 shipped

6. SOLD Hug Me First smocked shortall
100% Pima Cotton (softest material ever)
New with tags
$28 shipped

7.  Everyday Nay - girls jumper
New/Never worn - came in plastic w/ no tags
$15 shipped

8.SOLD Bloomers
Bubele - pink & brown, New with tags, 9-12, $8 shipped
No tag/Brand, turquoise, worn once, I believe they are 0-3m $6 shipped

9. Granimals, girls ruffle velour jumpsuit
Worn once, hung to dry
$9 shipped

10. Baby B'Gosh, gown/once piece
This can be worn as a gown or buttoned to fit the legs. 
I washed & hung to dry, but we never wore
There is also a little beanie hat that comes with each :)
$8 shipped (ea)

SOLD 11. Polo, dresses
both worn a few times, hung to dry
red & navy - eyelet collar
both 9m
$13 shipped (ea) or $21 shipped for both

12. SOLD No tag, reversible outfit
Easter bunny on one side and flower on the other
bloomers have bunny on them
great condition
$15 shipped

13. SOLD Children's Place, Navy bug stretchie
New with tags
$10 shipped


Letting Them Fall

So, I've mentioned a few times Knox & Sloane have learned to climb. They are mostly climbing on the couch and the chest (in front of the couch) in their play area.

I've been struggling with this.

I guess the main reason being I'm scared they are going to get hurt. The back of the couch is the highest part and if they fall, they could break a bone or heck, crack their skull for all I know. I don't know how this works, but I do understand babies are pretty tough. The couch is partially on a rug that has carpet underneath it, but that carpet has wood right next to it. So, behind the couch there is carpet, but wood starts right next to it, so they are most likely to land on that. It's kind of the same way with one of the sides, wood surrounds it.

I know, some pople don't have any carpet in their house and have all wood floors. We will probably have our carpet pulled up at some point, but we actually left it when we moved in because we thought it would be more of a cushion for them learning to crawl and walk.

Anyways, I assume Knox & Sloane are at the age that they don't mind...because most the time, they choose not to. I can ask them to sit down on the couch like a "big boy" or "big girl," and while they may do it briefly, it doesn't last long and they'd really rather be up jumping or running from end to end. The chest doesn't bother me quite as much as the couch because the couch is cushy and unpredictable.

I'm not sure if the keyword here is unpredictable or not.

I know that taking the couch and chest out of the room would solve the problem, but I don't think that would teach any of us a lesson.

I'm having to learn that I have to have faith that they are going to be okay. I have to be able to leave the room and not worry they are going to smash their face when I'm going to the potty; I have to have faith that they will learn it's dangerous and my yelling at them to get down is only going to make my anxiety about it worse; I have to realize they are going to come across dangerous situations.

I keep thinking, though, they don't understand they will get hurt and surely I can teach them that. I don't think I can, probably not at this age.

They are going to be out in the real world, without me, before I know it. While I kinda feel like I've kept them in a shell for a year and a half, it's been my shell. I had two babies after my first baby died. I really think I've done relatively well not being a constant worry wort, although when I am, I feel it's justified.

I need to feel that I have no control over their every second....because I know I don't. I don't need to feel like if they break a bone when I'm watching them that it's my fault. If they break a bone at school, it's not the teacher's fault or any other student. It's life and things happen.

I hope I'm teaching them things each and every day, even if it is letting them fall. I hope they have faith that someone is watching over them even if I'm not there.

Falling is part of the real world, and though I won't intentionally let it happen, I know I can't protect them from it every second of my life because it is their life.



Bows & Jammies

As silly as it sounds, I get lots of questions about bows & jammies. The truth is, it's not silly at all because Knox & Sloane wear lots of jammies. Well, Knox doesn't intentionally wear bows, but be prepared that sometimes he may answer the door with a bow on the top of his head. After all, that's what happens when you have a sister, right? Anyways, I think I always wondered what bows and jammies people liked before I found the ones we like.


Monday Mish Mash

I almost typed good morning and then I realized it's 1:30 in the afternoon. Not sure it's that's a good thing or not. It's super rainy here today. It's been raining since we woke up. I think we are supposed to have snow tomorrow. It was in the mid 60's yesterday. MAKE UP YOUR MIND, WEATHER!

  • We played outside yesterday and even though it was in the 60's, the wind made it seem much cooler. Knox threw his first major tantrum. He wanted to be right be the big kids that were swinging and we wouldn't let him get too close. He was NOT happy. Sloane was not into napping, but Brent tried a few times to tuck and her baby in and she just wasn't having it. Daddy was home and she wanted to play with him.
  • One of my sponsors, Rosie Posie Designs, has started a new website I wanted you guys to check out. I also feel like I kinda know her personally because she and Brent know one another from school. Anyways, It's a great resource for people who have a family or friend with Alzheimer's Disease. I know how hard of a disease it is as I worked with many seniors who had it for five years. This is what Ashley wanted to share about the site:

We are working on creating a book to help families who have a loved one diagnosed with alzheimers. My grandmother was diagnosed over a year ago and we have thought time and time again how awesome it would be to have other friends, family etc. to talk about the obstacles you go through on a daily basis caring for a loved one with this disease. We thought it would be a great idea to have people share their stories, inspirational quotes/verses, tips, etc. in a book. A go to place where you can get comfort, advice, ideas, etc. whenever you need to! We have created a website where people can submit whatever they would like to us (they can share anonymously, dedicate their submission to a loved one who has/is suffering with alzheimers, or put their own name). We will sort through all of our submissions, compile what we decide to use and plan to try to publish! Here is our website which goes into more detail: http://www.journeythroughalzheimers.com/ 

 ***We are offering the next 25 people that submit, a free journal. This is a good place for caregivers to jot down notes, meal & medication times, schedules, etc., it is shown here, the design includes the color purple and forget-me-nots two alzheimers symbols):https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=483886471658737&set=a.483886468325404.98278.478385328875518&type=1&theater

You can also check out our Facebook page, HERE 

  • Last night we celebrated two family birthdays. Knox & Sloane somehow lasted until 10 and then started getting delirious. Knox ran getting into everything and being rough like a boy. Sloane stayed by the ladies and the food, naturally. Brent put her on his shoulders so she could see the candles being blown out. She was also really into passing out sweet kisses :)
  • Yesterday before church, Sloane wanted to brush Knox's hair very badly. However, he wasn't having it and swatted her hand away. This made her extremely upset. Knox didn't have a white shirt that first him clean. Way to go, mommy. So, he sported rolled-up sleeves, ha.
  • We wear hearts year round :)
  • I had heart month card made, but I've been pretty slow to address them and send them out : / Much harder finding the time this year than it was last :)
  • We watched Mad Men both Friday & Saturday night and we are almost to the middle of season 4. It's so good. 
  • Saturday morning I took a beginners photoshop class and a posing class. No, I'll probably never start a photography business, but I really want to learn photoshop and my MIL was teaching the posing one, too, so I liked hearing about it! 
  • I spent Saturday afternoon sorting through the babies clothes. I now have piles to save and get rid of. I'll probably have a sale soon!
  • Saturday night, I went to dinner with one of my best frands and her sister. They were in town dress shopping. I can't believe we didn't take a picture...not even of the delicious food. #fail. It was so nice to see them! 
  • Speaking of Rosie Posie Designs, next week we will be having a little pre-sale of a super cute item!!! Stay tuned for that because everyone needs one :)
  • We've been needing to change the batteries in Mickey for...well, probably a few months. I finally did it this morning and Knox & Sloane were ridiculously excited. He was doing all new songs and dancing. They love him. They definitely had a dance party and though you can't tell too well, you can see there is movement happening... 

  • Also, I shared my Archetypes and if you share yours with me, you will be entered to win a $50 Visa gift card :)
Have a good day!!



Leek & Gruyère Quiche

I love quiche. I always have.

Between my mom and I, we get about every magazine under the sun. I've started to cutback on mine because I simply don't have the time to read them.

This recipe is from the March 2012 Woman's Day.

I did use a gluten free crust and make a few changes, which I'll list below.

{Sorry the pics aren't pretty; I used my phone : / }

1 refrigerated rolled pie crust
1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
2 large (about 4 cups) leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
Kosher salt
1/2 cup(s) roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
6 large eggs
1/2 cup(s) sour cream
1/2 cup(s) whole milk
1/4 teaspoon(s) freshly grated or ground nutmeg
4 ounce(s) (1 cup) Gruyère or sharp Cheddar, grated

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Unroll and fit pie crust into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until lightly golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and reduce oven to 375 degrees F.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks, season with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the parsley and remove from heat.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, milk, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir in leek mixture and cheese.

Pour egg mixture into crust. Bake until just set and a knife inserted into center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Changes Made
Used 1/2 Gruyère,1/2 Parmesean.
Used 2 8" GF crust(frozen-thawed for 15 min. prick with fork. Baked on cookie sheet for 10 min.
1 6oz Ramekin sprayed with cooking spray. Baked on cookie sheet.
If you have some leftover, you can cook in any size ramekin. When knife comes out clean it's done. I cooked 45 min.

I used the Kinnikinnick Foods frozen gluten free pie crust and I was really, really impressed with it. I couldn't tell it was gluten free whatsoever. I was pretty excited.

The filling made two quiches and a small ramekin. Here they are before going in the oven...



P.S. I Adore You

Have you all heard of P.S. I Adore You?

It's a site that runs great deals on cute things, but unlike most, if not all, it raises money for childhood cancer.

I think any and all childhood illnesses should be public knowledge and if people want to help, they can. It's often as easy as shopping!

Whitney, from P.S. I Adore You, emailed me about a project they are doing in hopes of me sharing. I immediately agreed.

Whitney shared with me this...

In the summer of 2010 Chelsea (one of the founders of P.S. I Adore You) found out that her 4-year-old daughter, Cami had leukemia. It was pure devastation to say the least. The Doctor’s told Chelsea that Cami had a very good chance of surviving, but they would have to fight the battle of their lives and it would need to start NOW! Cami's battle lasted about 3 years. She had many ups and downs along the way, but we are happy to report that Cami is off treatment and officially CANCER FREE! That is when P.S. I Adore You was born. Throughout their battle, Chelsea met many other cancer moms’ and their precious kids who often times didn't have a happy ending. These are the families P.S. I Adore You strives to help.

 When Hello Apparel found out about our cause they didn't just want to be featured on our site, they wanted to take a stand with us…(how awesome are they?). Of course we jumped right on the opportunity and before we knew it Hello Apparel had come up with the cutest design and they even incorporated GOLD, which signifies childhood cancer. Together we are donating $6 for every shirt sold from February 18th- February 22nd at www.psiadoreyou.com. Funds raised will be given to the SLC CureSearch in honor of Cami and all her little cancer buddies.

We are so passionate about this cause and we know your readers will open their hearts and, if nothing else we hope they will be touched by Cami's story and be more aware of childhood cancer and the color GOLD! Fell free to poke around our blog, blog.psiadoreyou.com to read more inspiring stories about the families we have featured.

I think the shirt is darling and for such a good cause!


3-in-1 Spring Outfits

So, with spring approaching I have been going through my closet and debating what items I'm looking forward to wearing! I'm ready for more pastels, that's one thing I do know.

My go-to outfit right now is leggings! No, that's not really an outfit, but it's easy to make an outfit with. No, I don't claim to be able to pull off leggings as pants, so I do always have my toosh covered by my top. You're welcome. I just think leggings are quite versatile. This winter, I've been wearing them with sweaters, sweatshirts, tunics and jackets.

I was thinking about how I could pull some of my leggings into spring in order to make a few different types of outfits. I wear them around the house, to play dates, to dinner and, well the list goes on. I think they are great to wear with heels, boots or a flat.

I'm loving these chevron leggings from ShopSosie and even though they are a darker color, they can be paired with lighter items for spring! Lighter in color and fabric.

These three outfits use the leggings, but pull off completely different looks! I'm a jewelry girl so I always think jewelry and shoes tend to set the mood for your outfit as far as where you are wearing it to.

These are all looks I definitely plan to wear as we transition into spring! Are you as ready as I am for spring?

While on the topic of clothes, I wanted to mention that I recently tried the Tide Pods!

I'm a bit particular on washing most clothes, and Knox & Sloane's clothes, but I've been using these with mine and Brent's whites and I can definitely tell a difference! They seem to be getting cleaner and brighter, which is also important for spring and summer!

So many things I wash on delicate with special soaps, dry clean or hang to dry, but with whites I want to be able to machine was them and dry them. I've always done whites on warm water, sometimes hot, and I think the Tide Pods really worked well with this process. I didn't have to fiddle with soap and any mess it may create. Using these, I also select the double rinse option on our washer, in order to be sure I've washed all of the detergent out.

Tide has stated that the Tide Pods get more stains out that SIX cups of a normal detergent would. (Based on stain removal performance of one pac of Tide Pods vs. 6 doses of the leading liquid bargain brand base variant in a standard top loading machine.) That kind of jumped out at me. Who wouldn't want that? Also the 3-in-1 chamber cleans, brightens and fights stains. It's the only 3-chamber unit dose on the market.

They are small and easy and hopefully they will keep brightening my whites so I can keep wearing them many different ways!

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A Year & A Half!

I can't believe Knox & Sloane are a year and a half old today! It truly does seem like it was yesterday when they were born.

It's been a busy, hectic, wonderful and amazing year and a half!

People are so right when they say the days can be long and the years can be short. The days can definitely be long, but when they are sleeping, I miss them!

They are doing new things every day. They are understanding more of what we say and starting to communicate more to us.

They are SO funny!

Dear Knox,

You are the sweetest little cuddle bug. If we are sitting in the floor, you want us to snuggle with you.

You have the cute little teethy smile. You squint your eyes up and try so hard to give the biggest smile you possibly can. It makes me smile so big every time you do it.

You do pretty good at playing on your own and you love to stack stuff. You've also learned to crawl up and down off the couch and chest and it's one of your favorite things to do. We try to get you to sit, but you love to stand, and run, and of course you've fallen a time or two. I think I cried harder than you did, but it scared me!

You are a strong little boy!

Since winter has been upon us, and the weather here is crazy, you have had a few sicky bugs. Nothing major but your first ear infections, etc. It's so sad when you are sick.

We started music class and you really like it. You also really like running around the room checking other things out, which is fine, too! You love to dance at home. Anytime music is home, you will swing your hips back and forth.

You have the sweetest little spirit. You've been walking up to Sloane and giving her kisses without us prompting you and it's just so sweet. When you are on the couch, you always want to give us a kiss and I think it's because you know we don't really want you up there. Already a sweet talker I suppose.

You are a picky little eater sometimes, but we are working through it. Part of me really thinks that is where your stubborn side comes out, but it could be texture issues, too.

You're still a great sleeper and we thank you for that ;) You and Sloane like to talk and giggle with one another in your crib and mommy likes to watch.

You love animals and making their sounds. We can't wait for the zoo this summer!

Every time an airplane flies above the house, you freeze, act like you hear something and then start making the airplane sound.

You're favorite word is more. We taught you and Sloane to sign it and you are both great at saying and signing it.

You love watching Barney and The Lorax. We watch both daily. I don't really mind because Barney is teaching you, too! You love the music and bright colors in The Lorax.

You've started giving us a little side roll with your eyes and it is hilarious. No idea where you learned that.

We think you are going to be a little clown like I'm pretty certain your daddy was. If we laugh at you, you smile and keep doing whatever it is you're doing or step it up a notch.

I hope you've had as wonderful of a year and a half as we have!

We love you SO much!
Mommy & Daddy

Dear Sloane,

You are definitely a little diva in the making. Though we haven't intentionally tried to make you so girly, you just naturally are, and we do really love it!

You cross your legs at the ankle almost every time you sit down.

You always want a bow in your hair. In fact, this morning when daddy was upstairs getting ready to bring you guys down, all I could hear over the monitor was "bow, bow, bow!" haha.

You've gotten where you want less jammie days. You act like you want to take your jammies off and put an outfit on. This is fine by me because you have an insane amount of clothes. Just wait.

You give THE best hugs. If we squat down on your level, you will often come running into our arms. Then, you even pat our back! I think you learned this from us, but it's so sweet and kind of you.

You definitely like every single toy.....that Knox is playing with. You really like to take things from him, but we are woking on sharing. You are quick to grab and run.

You love love love to dance. If the quietest little song comes on the tv you start shaking your toosh and pointing your fingers in the air. I have some great videos that you've probably already watched if you're reading this. You're welcome, haha!

You are really wanting to learn to jump. Everyday you and Knox are practicing. I think you will have it before long.

Your hair is getting SO long. It definitely has some curl to it. It's still lighter than I imagined it being right now, but it's beautiful :)

You are a great helper. We taught you that after we change a diaper, we wrap it up real tight, and you go through it over the baby gate. It's very helpful. Just recently, you've started sitting by me when I change Knox and you will hand me a wipe.

You love your baby doll. You also recently started wanting her to wear a diaper and to change her. We let her sleep with you and you are very thankful.

You and Knox both love your grandparents so much!

You are more shy around people to begin with. You just like to stand back and take it all in, while Knox runs right up to the crowd. This is probably a good thing!

You are trying to have conversations, but we are still working to understand what you are saying. You talk fast like it's a full sentence. Sometimes we figure it out and sometimes we don't.

We are working on minding. It doesn't matter how many times I tell you not to open a drawer, you will walk up to it, look at me and try to open it or pretend like you're going to. Little turkey.

You love your sleep. You would sleep much longer every morning, but Knox is your wake-up call.

We love you so much and your little joyous personality and we've had a wonderful year and a half with you!

{The picture below cracks me up because I've been trying to teach you to smile when I say smile ( mommy likes to take pictures.) I put my fingers on the sides of my mouth and make a smile. Well, for this picture, I asked you to smile and you did just what I had showed you, but you could tell you had no interest in actually smiling! haha}

We love you SO much!
Mommy & Daddy


Manic Monday

It wasn't crazy manic, but manic enough for me to just now be sitting down, let alone blog.

I stay up too late. I never really feel tired because of it, though. I've kinda of always had that 'sleep is a waste of time' attitude. However, Knox & Sloane have been sleeping until about 8. So, if I sleep from midnight until 7:30, that really is quite a bit of sleep. Well, last night I woke up twice. The wind was SO high and something blew over on the back porch and I woke up and made Brent look. Then, two hours later, my eyes popped open. Of course Knox & Sloane decided to wake at 7ish today. I actually did feel on the tired side this morning.

One of my besties, Ashley, came in town yesterday and stayed with us last night. We were glad to see her, even though it was a short trip. We played this morning and then went to lunch before she headed out. I was thinking we would take the babies to lunch, but at 11 o'clock, I could tell they weren't going to last. Needless to say, they had eaten lunch and were asleep by 11:45. My parents came over while Ashley and I grabbed lunch. They slept until 3:30.

They are feeling better, though this weather is still blowing their sinuses up. I think they are also working on some teeth. Knox is still whining hardcore. Thankful for those whines, but also thankful for 5pm and grandparents coming by.  I'm still debating music class tomorrow. They both still had low-grade fevers today, but I think are on the up and up.

After lunch I went to pick up a new rug! I drove 30 minutes there and 30 minutes back. Thankfully my dad went with me. I LOVE the rug! Craigslist can be awesome.

Let's back up to lunch, Knox & Sloane have been SO picky the past two weeks or so. I'm chalking it up to snot and maybe sore throats, but man, it's rough. For dinner, I had the bright idea to just give them one thing. I didn't do multiple things. Sure enough, they ate it all. Maybe they didn't need options/sides....or maybe they were just hungry.

A YEAR AND A HALF! Can you believe my babies will be a year and a half tomorrow? It blows my mind. Every single day they are changing. Sloane is saying sentences. We can't really understand them most of the time, but she's working on it.

We are catching up on Mad Men. We have always wanted to watch, but never have. We are almost through season one and we really like it. That's what we are doing right now. I typically don't blog while we watch TV because I end up typing whatever the show I'm watching says, but I had some business I had to tend to so I figured I might as well since I was on the computer. #addictedtoblogging

Okay, back to Mad Men and here's to the rest of the week being a little less hectic and that my kids are full of laughs and not whines :)

Oh, and before I go, my heart can't even take this picture. I love it so much. We were snuggling a few mornings ago and I looked down to see this. My heart wanted to explode. Thankfully, Brent was able to hand me my phone before they moved.




So, I've realized I'm quite bad at posting holiday/special event pictures. I still don't think I've posted Easter pictures from last year. I think that goes for birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I think the days following I've still just been trying to soak it all in and I don't take the time to upload the pics in a hurry. They are all uploaded now. Now, I just need to blog them! When I do print this blog off, I definitely want them included. I like that there will be posts I include and posts I don't.

These are a few sweet pictures our friend, Claire, took in the fall :) I think she did a great job!


Valentine's Week

I didn't get a chance to post yesterday. Both babies aren't feeling too great this week.

We all had a nice Valentine's. Brent hit up my favorite place, Target, and got me some goodies. I got the babies a few things and he brought them balloons home. I'm getting him shoes :)

Sloane is still in love with her bows. One night we had a long night with Knox and he and I were still in bed. Brent came to the door with Sloane and he had covered her hair in bows. So funny.

We went to the doctor Tuesday. Knox was trying to feel better, but he just didn't.
The doctor said he had a double ear infection and bronchitis :( We've been doing breathing treatments since.

Sloane has gotten where she wants a snack, in a bowl, so she can sit down and eat it. It's pretty funny..
Wednesday, Knox seemed to be getting better and was smiling again...

Valentine's Day, yesterday, Sloane started feeling bad, I could tell, but it wasn't until during the night when she really started coughing.

Valentine's goodies...

How CUTE are their faces when they saw their goodies?! They love balloons.

I love this video :)

That brings us to today...you can tell Sloane is about to be down and out. She's coughing and choking :(

Sick of the sickies. I know it has a ton to do with this darn weather. Probably wasn't the smartest to start them at music class and church nursery during winter, but I thought it was time. The ped said really try to give it another month. He said it would have been different had they already been going, but this season is hard because the weather is irritating and germs are spreading. Blah.

Happy Friday :)

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