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Friday, October 24, 2014

oh hey, friday! | maybe i'm having a baby?

i'm really putting some effort in here and pre-writing my oh hey, friday! post in HOPES that i'm actually having a baby right this very moment. (RIGHT THIS VERY MOMENT!)
please, dear god, let friday be the day. i'm beyond over it. i've done my time. time to get the baby show on the road. 
but first...some info for any new to the linkup...
• write up a little post about five things. anythings.
• head back over here and enter your link at the bottom of this post. 
• and pretty please don't forget to link back to our blogs (September FARM or {The Farmer's Wife} and/or add the oh hey, friday! button (found just above) by copying the HTML into the HTML section of your post  so that others can link up as well! that's it. now get busy.
MY FIVE

1 | push present 


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in case you missed the memo, i'm a few days away from being 40 weeks pregnant. above and beyond the gift of a brand new baby girl...i really want to buy myself a push present. (yes...a push present is a thing. i have to remind my farmer of this daily.)
anyway, i'm thinking some new running pants might be in my near future. i mean...i need to get this boo-tay back into the swing of things here in a few weeks...errr...months. and camo? so hot right now...or is that just idaho?
2 | saying goodbye

i wouldn't say this has been the most nutritious period in my life. i mean...i got my work out on quite often, but then i've been liberally rewarding myself for the past nine months with: canned frosting, nutella, nightly ice cream, animal crackers dipped in frosting, cake, cookies...it's been a shameless sweet tooth affair. but, as of tomorrow (I HOPE!) i'll be saying my official goodbye. i'm NOT going to put on 10 pounds AFTER the birth of this baby...like i did with kaye. talk about a rookie mistake. 
3 | wish me luck...and my farmer

maybe just send your very very best thoughts my way. i'm sure my little family could use them! and send extra good thoughts to my farmer. when i get amped up or nervous or overwhelmed he gets it all taken out on him. a verbal punching bag...poor guy. so here's to a smooth-sailing, easy-breezy, non-verbally abusive friday.
4 | i'm looking forward to...
kaye at just a few hours old.
her going home outfit.
above and beyond holding my newest turtle...i'm looking forward to a few things:
  1. taking full breaths.
  2. not waking 14 times in the night to use the bathroom.
  3. bending over like a normal person.
  4. showing some of my clothes i haven't been able to wear some love.
  5. packing away my maternity clothes...never to be worn again. ever. ever. no seriously...never again.
  6. seeing kaye as a big sister.
  7. dressing our newest gal in her sister's baby clothes...reminding us of just how tiny kaye used to be.
really it's going to be like a little trip down memory lane...i think.
taking her first snooze in mom and farmer's bed.
and countless other things. i mean...there's a lot to look forward to, especially when you already have a little one at home. 

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happy baby day! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

recap | kaye's 2nd birthday

another party has come and gone...and with as crazy as our lives are right at the moment (turtle 2.0...we're referring to you) we still managed to give the original turtle a bang-up shindig fit for...a turtle...like, the most spoiled turtle you've ever met. 

we started by planning the party for one week prior to my due date. best idea ever...said no one ever.

we also knew we had to have something special to lure people to the farm...enter a bounce house/slide combo. mark this as the best decision ever. while they tend to be obnoxiously huge, it provides fun for ages 2 - 40. 
next, my original plan was to do take and bake pizzas, fruit, and call it a day. but who was i kidding? take and bake pizza just doesn't photograph like mini pigs in a blanket. get real. 
i also coerced amy into coming over early to help with some light furniture moving and vegetable tray arrangements. thanks amy!! girlfriend knows how to make veggies look good. 
so, above and beyond the take and bake pizza idea, i thought...cupcakes. i'll just do cupcakes. those are a snap. 

well, the cupcakes got scrapped for cakepops...and then of course turtle needed a smash cake...and if she smashed the cake then guests would need cupcakes. full circle. so cakepops, cupcakes, and cake for all. why not?
the dessert table on full display...
and remember that smash cake i mentioned...well, she barely touched it. this picture perfectly captures the only time in her life when we could use the word delicate to describe our little flower. 
and because she didn't destroy it...i've been cashing in on that delicious frosting each night for nearly a week now. 

speaking of delicate flower...doesn't my best gal just scream compliant? apparently she wasn't into the  birthday backdrop i fashioned for her earlier this summer. (which we were also able to use at a bridal shower...love that.)
 
each of kaye's friends got to take home a little bucket of goodies: mini play doh, bubbles, and some applesauce. the applesauce was the biggest hit...go figure. 
overall, this party went far smoother than turtle's 1st birthday party. i chalk that up to two things:

1 | i focused in on the quality...not quantity. last year i did pumpkin painting, costume contest, giant dessert display, and god knows what else. i was far less overwhelmed this year...and managed to only procrastinate a little.

2 | bounce house with slide. get a bounce house with slide every. single. time. i know i will be. it's quite the statement piece.
and of course, how could i leave out kaye and amy's oldest boy playing on her new laptop. these two...i can't wait to see what they are like in five years, then ten years, etc, etc.
happy soon to be 2nd birthday turtle. hopefully the best gift will be a new sister!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

guest post | brianna @ healthy home company + a giveaway


i have some fun bizz going on today for the blog. i get to introduce an idaho gal! so obviously she's near and dear to my heart. above and beyond that...she's known my farmer since they were just young. (what i wouldn't give to know my farmer as a pre-teen...i can only imagine.) anyway...

brianna is here on the blog today to teach us all about a company she is involved with called healthy home company. girlfriend is passionate about what healthy home company offers to keep our nearest and dearest safe and toxin free.

brianna was also sweet enough to send me some goodies to try around my own home...and no complaints here!

obviously my very most favorite is called clean. it's a 10 in 1 product that you can spray on everything. and since i'm a clean-spraying machine...well...it rocked. and the orange scent didn't get old either.
the other product i'm already on board with is the sunscreen. with the amount of outside time we log i'm constantly worried about making sure kaye is covered up. and now that i'm going to have a young muffin tagging along...times that worry by 1000. 

if you haven't heard the rumors...there's some pretty nasty stuff in your run-of-the-mill sunscreen and babies aren't even supposed to wear sunscreen until after they are six months old. 

but if it's a product that's all natural and toxin-free...well why not. 

i've been slathering it on the turtle for the past few weeks and no complaints. that's a win here on the farm. 
anyway...i'd love for you all to get to know brianna better as well as healthy home company, so have a read of our little q + a below!

KARLI | brianna - before we really dive in, tell us about yourself.

BRIANNA | i've been married for 10 1/2 years now. i married my high school sweetheart! we have two kids: jayce, 4 and callen, 2.

my husband and i are both hard workers. he works for dex media and i work for a company called heart 'n home hospice as a volunteer coordinator and program rep. on the side, i am building a healthy home business.

KARLI | why did you get involved with the healthy home company? how did you first hear about them?

BRIANNA | a sorority sister of mine showed me a video called the toxic 12 and i was read to get involved with healthy home right away. i had no idea ll the harmful chemicals that we use on a daily basis, especially the cancer causing chemicals that i was using on my children! as soon as i  learned, i haven't been the same! i have a great time sharing the mission of the healthy home company to my friends and family. i love that i don't have to sell anything. i just present the information and people are usually very excited for a one-stop-shop for all things toxic-free.
KARLI | i really need to get my act together. the message you're sharing here is so important and simple. i mean...it's just about healthier living.

so...i'm guessing you're probably really into ALL the products, but which are your very very most favorite? if someone were just getting started and didn't want to spend a bunch, which would you direct them to?

BRIANNA | i DO love all the products! i would suggest starting with the sanitizer. (i don't leave home without it.) you know, kids are playing and they fall down...use the sanitizer. then at normal places like bathrooms, walmart carts, animal bad breath, eye wash (if you have bad allergies)...really i spray this stuff on EVERYTHING. (i'm kind of like the windex grandpa from my big fat greek wedding.)
i would also recommend clean, which is a 10 in 1 cleaner. you can use it for windows, floors, dishes, laundry...just one product needs to be under your sink or laundry room cabinet. it's absolutely amazing stuff.
and my third favorite is called remedy. this replaces neosporin or any bug bite, diaper rash ointments, etc. my son had really bad excema and it's soooo much better with this. my husband had loss of pigment on his forehead and this has cleared it up dramatically! i have also heard it helps with shingles and psoriasis. see...amazing stuff! the best part about toxic-free is that you can really try them on anything and it doesn't matter!

KARLI | well...what with welcoming a new baby gal in just days...i can tell you i'm sold. i think for me it's just about changing my mind-set regarding convenience. but just a little extra effort can make a difference in our home...the place my girls and i spend SO MUCH TIME.

i'd love to read more. is there a newsletter or e-mail subscription people can get on?

BRIANNA | yes! if your readers just want to e-mail me with any questions or would like to get on our mailing list for monthly specials or learning about new products, i can help with that.


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you gals. i can't emphasize to you how passionate brianna is about her venture with healthy home company. she's on a mission to share their message about removing toxins from our daily lives. 

now...obviously we can't control everything, but there are adjustments we are capable of making. and if it makes us healthier in the long run...why not, right? no-brainer. 

brianna was also nice enough to offer September FARM readers a chance to win some goodies!

all you have to do is check out the healthy home company site and ask a question regarding one of the products in the comment section - simple as that!

there will be one grand prize winner of a $20 healthy home company credit to spend on your product of choice, and three additional winners will receive a spray bottle of clean.

thanks brianna!

(contest will run until october 29, 12 am MST. winner(s) will be selected at random and contacted within two days via e-mail.)

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