Five Favorites: Household Supplies (and a Gift for You!)

Grove Collaborative Candles

I'm linking up with Rachel today for #5Faves on this fine Wednesday. I almost never am on top of things enough to do link ups on the right day but here I am sharing my five favorite household products that I order from ePantry every month! Last fall as we were getting the house ready to put on the market, I was trying to figure out how to make my life easier and part of that meant not having to … [Read more...]

Goals for the New Year


So, we're halfway through January and I'm just now solidifying my goals for the new year. Clearly we should begin with with "stop being such a procrastinator, Haley!"  Anyhow, I've never spent much effort on resolutions at the start of a year, but I've really been reflecting on what I want 2013 to look like. I've been very inspired by all the great posts about goal-making, particularly Mandi's of … [Read more...]

Our House, Part VIII: The Living Room

I finally took some pictures of our living room the other day. Daniel agreed to part with an old armchair that was making things feel cramped. My view was that the chair was looking pretty shabby and nasty after sitting in storage for a few weeks last summer when we were waiting to close on our house...and that's after it was moved four times in Waco...and that's after it was bought used for $25 … [Read more...]

Our House, Part VII: Our Bedroom/Lucy’s Room

I've been doing some serious nesting. I was up at 5:20 while Daniel was doing his Holy Hour in the Chapel. After he got home at 6am, I made French Toast and Coffee and finished tidying up our bedroom/Lucy's room. Then I swept, mopped, dusted, cleaned the baseboards, and even cleaned the blinds. I'm not sure when the last time was that I cleaned baseboards and blinds (my mother is cringing). It is … [Read more...]

Our House, Part VI: The Dining Room


It's been months since I posted any pictures of our new house for our Texas friends who haven't seen it yet. Since the Dining Room was relatively clean and I actually cleaned the little toddler handprints off of the windows (a rare occurence), it seemed like an opportune time for a post. My parents got us the pie safe and the wooden high chair, both of which I love. The pie safe was built … [Read more...]

Spring! and My New Anti-Laundry Plan


Now that the weather is lovely and warm, my new Anti-Laundry Accumulation Plan is to not put clothes on Benjamin unless it's absolutely necessary. This little boy has been just so sweet lately. Last month he was rather obstinate and ornery, I think partly due to my low energy because of the first trimester and the nausea that kept us cooped up inside. I'm still sleepy and pukey but we've been … [Read more...]

Our House, Part V: Benjamin’s Cabinet


This is Benjamin's Cabinet. When we're cooking he will climb into his cabinet that houses his cracked blue colander that he likes to wear as a hat or sit on. After 10 seconds of silence he'll say, "Where's Benjamin?!" and then pop out and laugh uproariously. His fat little tummy just kills me. Here he is playing a little ditty on the penny whistle. It makes the most dreadful sounds but … [Read more...]

Our House, Part IV: The Library


We're book people and we need lots of shelf space for all our books. We have only just now begun to use our third bedroom. When we moved in it became apparent that the resident of this bedroom had been a smoker and the room just reeked of cigarettes. We painted and cleaned but the smell was still overwhelming. My dad looked into the matter and painted everything with a special paint that … [Read more...]

Our House, Part III: The Vegetable Garden

  While choosing a house, one of our main concerns was having enough yard space for a large vegetable garden. Growing our own food has become really important to us over the past three years and it is so fun to watch Little Bear be excited about the garden. Daniel planted some okra, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes right next to the house as a start and then added 8 raised beds. … [Read more...]

Our House, Part II: The Kitchen


So I waited for a day when the kitchen was somewhat tidy to take some pictures. This post is primarily an attempt to make John, one of our previous housemates, jealous and convince him to move with his lovely wife to Tallahassee and come cook with us. We miss you, Sterchis! Our house was built in the 40s but the kitchen was recently renovated and we adore it. This door opens into the … [Read more...]