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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Monthly Moments | September

Hey 😊 I'm writing this on the first day of Fall. I had big plans to make those cookies that I shared a few weeks ago, but ran out of energy yesterday and today I was just waiting for Brian to get home and dreading my dentist appointment. 

Yes, another dentist appointment. My 6th appointment in 2 months between a root canal, a crown for said root canal, a cleaning and two appointments for cavities. If anybody has any encouraging words about dentistry I would love to hear them. I have always hated the dentist due to having a ridiculously small mouth. Literally, I can only open wide enough for them to get the smaller of the child size bite blocks in. I honestly didn't realize that I had such a small mouth until a few years ago and suddenly I realized why I don't like eating apples or corn on the cob or sandwiches... they all require me to open my mouth wider than is comfortable. Also, the jokes that a certain boyfriend made about the tiny bites I would take also make sense now. Anyway, the fillings were literally torture because they didn't have a bite block small enough for me, and apparently even if they did, it would be hard for them to use it on me because then they wouldn't have my mouth open wide enough for them to work on my mouth. 

It has been a rough two months. Especially because dental care is not cheap. I take better care of my mouth than I ever have in my life (brush twice a day for 2 minutes, floss daily, wait 30 minutes after brushing to drink or eat anything... I don't drink soda and I don't eat a lot of candy...) and I have had more dental problems than I ever had in my life. It's pretty discouraging, but I do feel good knowing that I have done all I can.

I also had to take the 3 hour glucose test this past week. Luckily, that was good news! I do not have gestational diabetes. Although, when they called to tell me that my test was perfect, they then told me to be careful about sugar. I have no idea what that means. 

This month has been good overall though. Even with getting a stomach bug toward the beginning of the month. I've gotten to hang out with my best friend, Brian's parents were in town for a week so we got to spend time with them, and transitioning into cloth diapers has been great (I plan to do a whole post about cloth diapering for anyone interested, once we're a month into it 😊). 

Again contemplating chopping off my hair. I don't know why I always feel the need to chop it off when it starts to get to a good length. I decided that I'll wait a year and then see if I still want to chop it. Also, maybe by then I can afford a decent hair dryer, some curling irons, and a new straightener so I could actually style it. 

          25 Weeks & 27 Weeks

I'm looking forward to October. I'm looking forward to more Fall days and more hot chocolate tea parties with Everly. I'm looking forward to writing more. I always seem to forget that writing is not just something that I enjoy, but it's something that my soul needs. I've been feeling really inspired lately to just do and be what makes me happy. It's one of those things that I think I rediscover all the time and remember what things make me happiest. Lately I have been really patient with myself, letting things drop in and out of my life and routines and it has been so nice to just go with the flow of things. Which sounds crazy because I am such a planner and I love routines, but it's nice to set them aside sometimes and know that's ok. 

Books I've been loving this month:

Code Name Verity By Elizabeth Wein
Out of My Mind By Sharon M. Draper
The Testing By Joelle Charbonneau

Podcast Episodes I've loved this month:

I'm getting so excited for Christmas. Part of me is loving these last few months of having just Everly, but I'm getting so excited for our little boy and I can't wait to see what he looks like. I can't wait to stick him in a stocking. I can't wait to put him in the bassinet that has set empty by our bed since July. I'm also looking forward to taking Everly trick or treating for the first time. We got her the cutest red riding hood costume from the DI for $3 (I am actually looking forward to shopping at the DI more... this is what becoming more and more granola has done to me). 

I'm thinking I might have to go through a couple Harry Potter books, just because this time of year always makes me want to. 

Thanks for reading! What are you looking forward to? Do you have any books you like to read around this time of year?
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Stollen Fashion | Dwell and Slumber Dresses

I've been wearing Dwell and Slumber dresses for over a year now, so I think it's fair to say that I know how well I like them.

I love them.

Honestly, I first wanted one when I saw that it was a trendy thing. (I am all about trends... generally when they are on their way out 😂 ) I did like that they were nursing friendly, and bump friendly. Basically all of my fashion decisions for the last few years have been based around those things. Also, they seemed right up my alley since I am a more casual dresser, but still like to look nice.

These dresses live up to their name. I dwell AND slumber in them. In fact, for quite awhile I forgot what it felt like to wear pants because I just wore these dresses on repeat. I have spilled just about everything you can name on them. Chocolate on my white dress more than once and they have stood the test of time. My only complaint about these dresses is that the fabric is pretty warm, which means that if you are trying to rock them in the summer, it can get a little toasty. That said, I have taken them on trips, and still worn them most days of the summer. It's really nice for traveling because they pack small and you can use them both for an every day outfit as well as for church or temple trips. I've even used them as a swim cover. I love that they have pockets. It has spoiled me. I kind of expect my dresses to have pockets now, and when they don't I have no idea what to do with myself.

I currently have two dresses, and I would say that is just about perfect if you're a minimalist. You can wear one while the other is in the wash. Perfect for me would be just one more dress, but two works really well. I have worn them through my nursing/pumping journey with Everly and through this pregnancy, and you can bet I'll be wearing them pretty much 24/7 once this little man comes along. They're my go to outfit. Now all I need is a Gigipip hat and I can be really trendy 😉

I linked my white stripe dress (and honestly I like it more than my maroon one. It shows less of the everyday things I get on it), but they don't currently have my maroon one!

Where is your favorite dress from and why do you love it?
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Stollen Recipes | Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 5 Dozen


1 C. Shortening
3 C. Sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla
3 Eggs
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 (12 oz.) Package Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
4 1/2 C. Flour
2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Nutmeg
2 C. Canned Pumpkin

1. Preheat oven to 350℉
2. Cream together Sugar, Shortening, and Vanilla.
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. 
4. Scoop into balls using ice cream scoop or spoon and bake for 12-14 minutes.

As stated above, this makes a ton of cookies. While it really is very possible to eat all of them in one sitting, alternatively you can scoop them into balls and place on a cookie sheet and freeze them. Then place the frozen balls into a freezer safe bag and have them ready to pop into the oven whenever you get the craving!

I love Fall and ever since I learned about the solstices and equinoxes I've wanted to celebrate them. Honestly, I don't usually have my life together enough that it actually happens, but it is something that I want to make a tradition with my kids. What a better way to welcome Fall than some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies? I'm planning to make some of these this year with Everly. I have no doubt she'll like eating them, but probably not making them so much 😂 Actually, I take that back, she'll love making them, my arms won't though. 

Anyway, how do you welcome Fall? What are some of your favorite Fall recipes?
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Poems of Motherhood | April 2019


A new Poppy
Blooming in my belly


You looked back
to see if I was following you
caught my eye
then quickened your pace
I teased you
caught you up in fits of giggles


I love watching you and Daddy
the way you choose him
feel safe with him
wave goodbye when he steps into the next room


Those huffy breaths you take through your nose
I have no idea where your thousands of idiosyncrasies came from
but I love them
my snowflake girl


I've grown comfortable
with silence
just the sound of you
banging blocks together
yelling "MOM" when something isn't quite right
the silence of motherhood


you're trying to speak
you say it for the joy of it
for the way it forms in your mouth
I hope you remember that joy
when you read these poems


I love that it's me you reach for
when you're sad or hurt
that in these moments
you love me
as fiercely
as I love you


You didn't really understand the point
wandering the grass in a new dress that you'd normally only wear on Sunday
but the wonder was back for me
watching your newness in the grass this morning


You woke up from your nap
sat in my arms while I stroked your hair away from your face
you leaned your head into my hand
it was such a small moment
but it meant a lot to me


You cried
for apparently no reason
it broke my Mama heart
I held you
prayed for you
Daddy and I both did
until you felt better


I started patting your tummy
to distract you from your least favorite part of bedtime
when we change you
you laughed
patted your tummy every time I stopped
until we laid you down to sleep


You walked around
with a stack of rubber banded business cards to your ear
for half an hour

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed them :) Motherhood really has been so wonderful for me in so many ways, but these poems are one of the best ways I think. 

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