LIFE LATELY

I've received a few emails from some of you lovely readers asking where I've been and if I'm okay. I just wanted to pop in and say that yes, I am ok. My fibromyalgia and GI issues are still up and down but I've been feeling better as of late thanks to this warm weather. I did have a rather bad flare up last week but all is well now. Thanks so much to those of you who take the time to check in, I really appreciate that!

The only reason I haven't been blogging is that I am too busy living life! We've had a great summer with our girls, we had a few vacations and many trips to the beach, zoo, and walks in the park. We brought home a cute little puppy and we just celebrated Miss E turning 6! On top of that, we just started a new homeschool year! Needless to say I've been really busy! That said, I do miss this blog and I wish I was better at keeping it up. When I'm up late at night I get all these ideas for posts and projects and DIYs and it makes me sad that I can't seem to figure out how to carve out a little time each day to work on that list.

There's so much I want to do and share when I'm not crafting and creating, I feel like something is missing. I used to think that there just weren't enough hours in the day to do everything, and while that may be partly true, it's also true that if we really want to do something, you have to make the time. Now, I'm not promising a regular blogging schedule or a steady stream of new projects but I'm going to set aside an hour each evening to start putting a dent in my creative list. I'll blog as I complete projects and share updates along the way.

ITS MY BIRTHDAY!

I'm turning 30 today! I have been getting so many birthday coupons and special offers in my inbox and I thought I'd have a sale of my own! Today only I'm offering 30% off your entire purchase!! I've added dozens of items over the weekend, go have a looksie! The sale ends at midnight PST so hurry on over!

HOOKED: FLOOR CUSHIONS

Last year we decided that we would homeschool our girls. Over the summer we got to work turning our spare bedroom into a classroom. I'll share pictures of it once I find the time to clean up in there! We keep all of our supplies, workbooks, reading material, paints and a whole lot more in there and we love it! It's a great space dedicated to their learning but they like being in there even when they are just hanging out.

Initially I wanted to get them some beanbags or beanbag chairs so they'd have a nice cushy place to sit while reading but quickly realized the space was too small for that. I opted instead to turn some old over-sized throw pillows into floor cushions for the girls to sit on.

The covers were not removable, so I had to cut the pillows out which was really easy. Then I crocheted covers using acrylic yarn in our color scheme. The covers came together very easily and didn't take long to make at all. The cushions are soft and fluffy and I can also wash and dry them at home. They've already gotten a lot of use and I'm thinking of making some that are bigger. I've been eyeing these giant 26" cushions from ikea, but am still looking for a chunky acrylic that comes in the colors we need.

Once I find what I'm looking for I'll hopefully find the time between alphabet songs and subtraction exercises to make some more of these!

SWEET TOOTH: OLD FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

We've been having a cold couple of days around here and yesterday we got quite a bit of rain. With summer weather right around the corner, I decided to bake some cookies while I still could. We love peanut butter cookies so I whipped up a batch.

These are so easy and quick to make! They don't use flour so they are gluten free provided you use gluten free peanut butter. They bake up crispy on the edges and soft in the middle and are also super moist. They aren't dry or chalky like the ones baked with flour. This has been my go-to recipe for years!

Ingredients:
1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 350°F

1. Mix all your ingredients until they are well combined.
2. For large cookies, roll heaping tablespoons into a ball. You'll get about 18 cookies this way.
    For smaller cookies, a scant tablespoon rolled into a ball will yield about 24 cookies.
3. Place your rolled cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Using a fork, press each cookie down in a criss-cross pattern.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes and cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to a cooling rack.
Enjoy!

LIFE LATELY...

We've had one heck of a couple months around here! The whole month of March we mostly spent in bed, the doctor's office, and the couch. Hubby and I found ourselves running around between the pediatrician's office, our doctor's office, the pharmacy, and the hospital lab.

It started out with all of us getting pretty gnarly colds. Then Hubby got bronchitis and his asthma got really, really bad. He ended up missing about a week and a half of work. Baby M got ear infections in both ears at the same time and was on antibiotics for nearly 20 days. E was doing pretty well after she got over her cold but picked up a tummy bug somewhere and was sick for just about 2 weeks. I got over my cold but it triggered a flare up and just as I was getting over that, I got hit with the flu. That triggered another flare up and I picked up E's tummy bug at the same time.

In the middle of it all, our dog Kiwi passed away. She had been sick for quite a while and we knew it was coming, but it was still so awful. That left March with the title of "worst month ever."
April started out hectic as well. We were all more or less recovered by the end of the first week. The second week, my brother was able to visit from Fargo for a whole week and we had so much fun spending time with him! This past weekend my niece and her lovely mama came up to visit us for Easter. All three girls had so much fun hunting eggs and running around the yard.

I had to put my etsy shop in vacation mode because there was just no way I'd be able to keep up even with just a few orders. Now that things have calmed down and we are all feeling better I'll be opening the shop back up and stocking it with more bows and some new items I've been working on. I'll also be able to update this here blog a little more often and finally, finally start posting videos of the crochet learning series I've been working on!