Fun Winter Craft: Homemade Bird Feeders

I’m pretty sure the idea of this craft came from this scene from Friends which, if you know me, you know is one of my all time favorite shows!

I was trying to think of a fun winter craft to do with Mia for our Winter Bucket Listย and that scene just popped in my head. I mean Joey is a lot like a 3 year old isn’t he? It was the easiest thing to do and Mia had a blast every minute of it!

First get some pine cones. You can make this a fun activity on it’s own and go on a family hike to get them! If you do, bake the bugs out of them before using! ย Since it was already so cold here in WI and I had my old cinnamon scented pine cones just sitting around ( I treated myself to a new bag this year ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I just recycled them into this little project.

Then scoop some peanut putter into one small bowl and some birdseed in another. We got out birdseed at Stein’s. ย You will also need a spatula and some newspaper.

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Line your table with the newspaper and set down the pine cones and other items.

Take one pine cone andย “paint” peanut butter all over coating it thoroughly.

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Painting away

Next sprinkle birdseed over the peanut butter. You can also pour some birdseed out onto the newpaper and roll the pinecone in it. The latter is more efficient but sprinkling is more fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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This morning we put the feedersย out on the patio, you could also tie some string to it and hang it from a tree! Now we wait and see if our feathered friends like our little surprise for them! It’ll be fun to keep checking out the window with my Mia and see if there are any little guys out there each morning!

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Thanksgiving 2015: Thankful For The Struggle

Throughout this week I was dreading today’s post. The obligatory feeling of “needing” to have a Thanksgiving post was taking any fun out of actually thinking about what I was thankful for. At one point I decided I wasn’t even going to write one and just do the basic photo dump post post holiday of all the happenings day of.

Then this morning, as I drank my morning coffee still exhausted from the middle of the night parties Joa decided to throw, it came rushing over me like a big ocean wave.

I am thankful for the struggle. The struggle that it is to be a mom, a parent, a provider. Those middle of the night feedings when cuddling just isn’t enough and you don’t know what on earth your baby wants. They really show you what you’re made of. They show you that eventually you willย figure it out because they are yours and only you can make it better.

They make you stronger, more patient, more giving, more selfless…just more.

I am thankful for the struggle that is working and being a Mom. Yes there is at least one moment daily that I wish I could stay home with my babies. But there is almost always one moment in a day where I learn something. Whether it is how to communicate better, manage my time better, think more creatively, I learn. I grow. I make new friends and bond with them over this struggle and support each other when we have hard days.

I am thankful for the struggle of being a good wife as well as a good mother. It is not easy to find time or energy for each other while both working full time jobs and having two little ones to chase around, feed, bathe, read bedtime stories to, have tea parties with and just love up all the time. BUT if you do, you will find your relationship will get stronger and closer and on another level than it ever has been before. Sure there may be more arguments but there will be more amazing moments too. Those moments only you two understand because you went through them together and survived, or laughed, or cried, or just are in awe at how great your little lives are in that moment.

So this Thanksgiving I am thankful for this beautiful struggle and all that comes with it, for I am a better person because of it and it is my biggest blessing.




Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Portrait Of The Week: 1/52

The other day as I was perusing through Instagram I noticed a post that jumped out at me. Masha had posted a beautiful pic of her and her baby girl and she talked about how she had noticed that she didn’t have many pictures with her children. I could relate. I have a bijillion pictures of my kids, just not many of me with them. Most of the ones I do I am not very put together, my hair is almost always in a top knot and it’s a selfie.

She went on to say howย she then asked her husband to take a portrait once a week with her and her kids. I LOVED this idea! I may not have a lot of free time these days but I can pull it together once a week for a priceless keepsake. I know I will love looking back at these pictures and the kids will too. I debated on waiting until January 1st to start…that’s the OCD in me; but then I said that’s silly I’ll have all the more pics if I start now. So we did. With a picture of me and Joa right before we left for work/daycare…. and yes my hair is somewhat ย in a bun but I put pretty braids in itย and have makeup on! ย And so it begins: 1/52