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4.18.2024

amazon home favorites

1929 Living Room from Karpen Furniture

hello my dears! 

it's been a minute. I took a little spring break to decompress because having a post (or sometimes two) go live each week is not for the faint of heart especially when you're a homemaking + homeschooling mom. Truthfully, I felt a little burned out, so I thought it would be okay to miss two weeks of posting, but I'm back! 

I'm posting on thursday this week because it's been a week full of planning a garden and figuring out a few home things, but that's okay. being so around the home focused inspired this post -- today I'm sharing  my favorite amazon home items that I have personally purchased! I know a lot of bloggers (myself included) love a good round up, but in all honesty, I don't have all the money to purchase everything I round up. that's not sustainable in the long run and we all know it. 

I mostly curate round ups for the look book because I love looking at them myself, but I am always curious about things that people actually purchased. so that's what today is all about! today's post is a little different because under each linked item, I wrote how I use it and why I love it. so without further ado, here's the list of amazon home items that I love.

*but first, a little disclaimer, all links below are affiliate!

 


summer blanket 

one of my favorite blankets. every bed in the house gets the comforters switched out with this waffle blanket in the summer because it keeps you so cool. it's also a wonderful gift. we have the colors taupe, white, sage green, sky blue and terracotta.

ribbed glasses

the perfect glass for pretty iced lattes. it's a thicker glass and feels expensive! the ribbed looks gives it that vintage vibe that I love. I opted for the 14 ounce version and love it.

chinese scissors 

love using these to cut herbs from the garden. they're sharp and antique looking, which is exactly what I wanted.

checkered blanket

I bought these for my children's bedroom in the colors caramel, dark olive and navy. they are well-loved due to how soft they are. they also wash so well, which is perfect for kiddos who may still have accidents at night. my kids loved these so much that they started dragging them out of the bedroom, so I bought three more of these in the smaller personal size in the colors coffee, black and light blue.

shelf baskets

a personal favorite for this type A mama. I love storing our wooden calendar pieces in them, as well as our yoto cards in the schoolroom. I loved these so much that I found a larger size and use them for our grapat pieces and other wooden loose parts!

juicer

somedays, I want a quick glass of fresh squeezed juice, but I can't afford the price tag of a lot of them on the market. this little juicer is the perfect compromise. it's small, but mighty. a great size for storage, easy to put together and clean.

candle stick holder

they're a little light, but they're affordable and cute! I love the little tray that catches drips of melted beeswax.

olive tree

I bought this while it was on sale, and I am obsessed with how good it looks. it's really a great deal on sale. all you need is a basket or pot to place it in, and it's a stunning addition to any room.

face cloth set

this past year, I've made it a goal of mine to have separate towels for my hands and face. It's been a game changer for my skin routine. I love the material of these -- it's not rough, but still has an exfoliating feel if you choose to use them as a washcloth. I love using them as a fresh cloth to dry my face with after I wash my face.

satin pillowcase

I bought this because it's better for curly hair, but in all honestly, I mostly love it for it's cooling effect. not to mention that it has a zipper and looks so much more put together than a regular pillowcase.

tabby kitten statue

my kids love kittens, so I bought this little guy to sit on a shelf in our family room. he's so sweet and almost looks real!

glass soap dispenser

I bought this to elevate and simplify the look of my dish soap! I'm always washing dishes and I hate seeing logos and labels everywhere. In the grand scale of things, I know that this is such a first world problem, but having my soap in a pretty little dispenser makes the area look so put together.

hand held milk frother

my sweet cream cold foam obsession has found its match in this little hand held milk frother. it's a powerful little gadget that makes coffee shop style foam in minutes!

travel cosmetic bags

these bags are my favorite for road trips and I loved them so much, that I bought all the available colors. the fact that they are clear is perfect because you can see what you put in the case without actually opening them -- perfect for an over packer like myself. the larger cases are great for shampoo, soap, hairstyling products, toothbrushes, and make up. I use the smaller ones in my purse to store lip gloss, hair accessories, small lotions, band aids, and pens. both sizes of the case carry so much and I really can't recommend these cases enough. 

vintage style blue glass jar

I bought these jars to use as little vases for wildflower centerpieces for a birthday party, and they are so pretty. I love the light blue color of the glass and the vintage, farmhouse style it gives off.

cotton duvet cover

I've been searching for the perfect duvet cover and finally found it. It's 100% jersey knit cotton and it's so cozy. not only is it soft, but it has corner ties, which really helps the comforter staying in place. 

small letter pie cutters

small but, mighty cutters and the best part, these aren't just for pie! I love using these to cute little messages with fruit or cut out fondant for a cake. it comes with a case, which makes it great to store and keep them all together.

floor pouf

I bought these (in different colors) for the homeschool room to have during reading time. the boys are dragging them everywhere because they're so cozy and comfy to sit on. I love that the covers are washable too. that's always a mom win.

brass sugar spoon

this dainty little bee spoon is what I use to mix my coffee. beautifully made and sparks so much joy!

rotary grater and shredder

this is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets because it cuts prep time and for a busy mom, that's always a win. I use this to grate cheese, shred carrots, and it has a slicer blade part, so it's good for other veggies too.

wide mouth glass jars (12 oz)

these are perfect for pickling, storing homemade syrups and jams! my family likes to use them as drinking glasses too.

candle wick trimmer

self-explanatory, but I really do love it.

faux poppy stems

nothing brings me joy like fresh flowers do, so these beautiful flower stems are all kinds of lovely.


aaaaaaaaaand that's a wrap! 

those are all of my favorite amazon home items that are in my house! I went down my purchase history since 2020 and to my surprise, I didn't buy that much! I mostly buy books on Amazon, so I was pleaseantly pleased at the list. until next time, xoxo 


 

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3.26.2024

spring mood board

angel looking at spider web by jessie wilcox smith
 

hello again, my dears!

this week, I'm feeling all the spring colors and hues, so I've compiled a seasonal mood board / look book inspired by all the spring things. I'm adding a small personal wish list at the end of the post too because spring is always a fun time to spruce up the space. 

again, I just want to say, I'm not a minimalist by all means, but also don't agree with hoarding. I'm somewhere in the middle. I love decorating for the seasons and love finding trinkets to spruce up corners in my home. so do with that as you will! 

*you know the drill, inserting the disclaimer that some links are affiliate! 


the mood board 

*all images are taken from pinterest

soooo, what do you think? I'm feeling colorful and fresh -- lot's of citrus, lots of wildflowers, and lots of time spent outside! I honestly am so excited for this season. I'm going to try and have a mini urban garden via pots on my porch and making it a goal to go on walks to enjoy this pretty season! 


the wishlist

 


cottage bud vase

white scalloped plates

press on nails

poppy and pout lemon lip scrub

poppy and pout island coconut lip scrub 

floral plate trio

scalloped bowls

body brush and massager 

market dish cloths

almond shower oil

rms beauty eyelights creme shadow

moss green ribbed glasses

lumbar floral pillow 

tumblr

oval body brush

scalloped dessert plates

mascara

vitamin c serum

3D hyrda lip glosses

 

annnnnnnd that's a wrap! 

as you can see, this spring I'm really embracing shades of green, florals and establishing a skin + beauty routine! I really want to find a light and airy fragrance that I would be able to call my signature scent. Also, scalloped plates are my new love language -- something about them makes me so happy. so, that's all I have for us sweet friends, until next time, xoxo.

 

 





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3.19.2024

Spring Themed Children's Books

peter and jane at the library (ladybird series) by harry wingfield
 

hello again! happy first day of spring!

I'm coming at you with a round up of spring themed children's books. at first, I felt like there aren't that many, but if you take in account all the books about bugs, birds and flowers -- there are soooo many! I've rounded up some of our personal favorites from our home library to share with you all! 

*you know the drill, some of the links below are affiliate!

goodbye winter, hello spring

a blessing for spring's child

up in the garden, down in the dirt

worm weather

bunnies

the big book of bugs

busy spring: nature wakes up

spring in the forest

spring treasury

the little book of flowers

we are the gardeners

nest eggs birds

a windy spring day

egg hunt 

wake up, woods

little book of bees

a nest is noisy

over and under the pond

grow: a family guide to plants


an egg is quiet

nature all around: bugs 

easy peasy gardening for kids 

bruno the beekeeper: a honey primer

a butterfly is patient

what's inside a flower

the book of brilliant bugs

the big book of birds

nature all around birds

the little guide to butterflies

the big book of blooms 

the little book of backyard bird songs

from seed to plant

 

annnnnnnd that's a wrap!

these books all have wonderful illustrations that really convey all the spring vibes! speaking of illustrations, do you like my little blue flowers? I'm no artist, but I'm really proud of them. haha. anyway, until next time, xoxo.

 
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3.12.2024

easter basket for the littles

german vintage postcard from 1960s

 

hello hello! 

welcome back to the blog, friends! this month, the kiddos could potentially be getting get two gift baskets, as easter and st. patrick's day are both being celebrated this month. Normally, when the holidays are on two separate months, I do a basket for each. However, this year, I'm opting to do a gift basket just for easter as that's the holiday that we love the most -- the celebration of our Christ's sacrifice and Resurrection.

With that being said, the boys and I are working on a plushie farm, so they'll most likely get a plushie for the 17th to build that up. I've compiled a list on my Amazon Storefront if anyone is wondering what I'm trying to get for that. CLICK HERE for that list -- I'm adding to it as I go and look for cutie life like plush farm animals to add to our farm.

Anywayyyyyy! the real basket is going to be given on Easter, which is what this blog post is all about. Here are some fun easter basket ideas for both little boys and girls!

* mini disclaimer that some links below are affiliate!

 


for the little ladies

tutus 

eloise book

scalloped basket

duckling figurine

baby doll

bees book 

nail polish set

double ended markers

lop eared bunny

mood rings

baby kitten  

strawberry pajamas

bunny backpack 

claris book

nesting bunnies

yoto player

 


for the little men

carrot pajamas

baby puppy

night in the city book

square sidewalk chalk 

grapat mis & match set 

pig plushie

forest marbles

frog plushie

ride and roll: the schoolbus

bird sensory stones

watercolor paint pods

under the sea memory game

people book

lamb plushie

mega markers

turbo car 

farmer forest

bunny plush

jumbo colored pencils

yoto player


 and that's a wrap! 

what do you think?! I feel like compiling this list has made me so excited for spring! my goodness. I love all of the pretty light color hues. I can't wait for all sunshine and warm spring nature walks. we're so close.  until next time friends, xoxo.


 

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3.05.2024

#2 | Round Up + Review | 02/24

over the tea cup (1917) by harrison fisher

 

 

hello again, lovely readers! 

today's post is a round up + review of last month's hits and misses. this series is fairly new, so I want to make it abundantly clear that these round ups are not sponsored. the products listed are things that I have purchased with my own money. I don't want to just limit this series to products either -- food, films, trips, clothes, etc. anything is up for a rating!

I thought it would be fun to share whether I am loving or hating things as I always love hearing what people think about products. I promise my 100%, unfiltered opinion in these posts, and that's what I aim to give. so without futher ado, let's get to the round up and reviews! 

per usual, here is the mini disclaimer that some links are affiliate!

 


 

sanctuary fragrance collection

I bought these for my birthday to try and find out a signature fragrance for myself. I love that they have this option, so you can sample all the scents, but I am a little bummed because I thought I would love them more. 

The packaging is cute at first glance. I love the colors, but you get what you pay for. When I tried taking the cap off the first time, I pulled on it and the spritzer came off too. At first, I thought it was just a plastic brush to rub on your skin and I used it like that until I wanted to try another fragrance. the cap on that one left the spritzer on. 

When it comes to the fragrance, they don't smell bad, but they don't smell amazing either. Because of that, they aren't my favorite. I thought I would love them, but I just don't. I'm using them to not be wasteful, but I won't be repurchasing the set as a gift or buying a full size fragrance from them either. I think it's a great if you want to try them, though, so really I am torn.

Would I recommend to a friend? yes/no ☺☹

overall rating: 5/10


trader joe's mini rice crackers

for this month's foodie feature, we need to talk about these rice crackers from Trader Joe's. they are a top tier snacking option -- perfect for dipping, charcuterie + kid friendly snack boards or for when those days you need something crunchy to snack on. if you have some smoked salmon and cream cheese on hand, grab a handful of these and go to town. it's something that has become a staple in my pantry and I'm always so bummed when I run out. 

would I recommend to a friend? yes! ☺

overall rating: 10/10

 

american eagle claw clips

this one is gonna be short because I know what you're thinking -- claw clips, really? and yes. it's the only way I style my hair these days and these are my favorite. I know, they're kind of pricey, but  in my opinion, so worth it. they're sturdy and one has yet to break on me, so because of that, I am always reaching for them. every claw clip from AE that I've purchased has been nothing short of amazing quality.

would I recommend them to a friend? yes! ☺

overall rating: 8/10


face base lanolin + vitamin day cream 

I have very dry skin -- think eczema prone all year long. I am always on the lookout for good skin care products and creams that help tame the patches + flakes of dry skin that like to painfully peel off. Not only that, but I also suffer from eyelid psoriasis, which is essentially scales forming on my eyelid, almost like dandruff, and it's so painful.

I bought this face cream on a whim, and can I just say -- do that more often. this is now the cream that I reach for every single time. It has helped soothe the dry patches on my cheeks, and get rid of the scales on my eyelid. My skin soaks this all up and feels so good after application. I honestly love it so much that I now consider it a staple in my skincare routine! 

would I recommend it to a friend? yes! ☺

overall rating: 10/10


the film: napoleon

first, let me preface this by saying that I was so excited about this film. I  mean, putting it mildly, I was thrilled. as a self-professed history buff, I am allllllll in when it comes to movies about historical figures -- especially when they're about a grand figure like Napoleon.

the trailer was epic and when I saw that Joaquin Phoenix was Napoleon, I was stoked! Come time to watch the movie, I expected great things...... and all that excitement flat lined REAL quick

I was so disappointed in the way they portrayed Napoleon. Instead of giving us one of the greatest military leaders of all time with epic battles and ruthless execution, we got a whiny and weak leader who could not function.

I felt like they focused on his love life for the film which, in my personal opinion, was a bad move. When I think Napoleon, I think Waterloo, the invasion of Russia, etc. I think brilliant mind, great leader, and when all the major battles were glossed over, it really became painful to watch.

all that to say, you guys, this movie had so much potential -- literally so much potential. the cast was good, the script was horrible. I honestly hated it. when the credits rolled, I was angry that I wasted 2+ hours on this film. Not to be dramatic, but I felt like mourning what the film could have been. 

would I recommend it to a friend? no. ☹

overall rating: 1/10

 

thrive causemetics brilliant eye brightener

I first came upon this product a few years back and loved it. I'm a one and done when it comes to eyeshadow, so these are my go to. I've always wanted to try all the colors, so I finally bought them all. 

in short, I really like them. the colors are gorgeous and there are some fun colors like a pastel green, purple and blue, which I don't typically grab, but it's fun to have on hand in case you want to get creative. they're creamy and glide on well. I love them because I like a sheer look, but if you're looking for super vibrant colors, maybe pass on these. that being said, they are buildable, so don't write them off right away either.  

I'm not a bold eye look kind of girly, so they're perfect for me. I love using them as smudgy eyeliner when I don't want to color the whole lid. honestly, for my makeup skills and minimal wants, they're a hit.

would I recommend it to a friend? yes! ☺

overall rating: 9/10

 

and that's a wrap! 

those are my hit and misses for the month of February. I'll see you next time. xoxo


 

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2.27.2024

Recipe | Walnut Thumbprint Cookies


hello! 

welcome back to the blog. today I thought it would be fun to wrap up this month by sharing a flavorful walnut thumbprint cookie! I find this recipe so simple and easy to make -- it only has 6 ingredients! the nutty cookie and the fruity filling brings the best of both worlds to the table and everyon loves them.m


what you'll need

Salted Butter

250 g @ room temp 

powdered sugar

150 g

eggs

walnuts 

4 large handfuls

Flour 

Jam / Fruit Preserve


how to make it

step 1.

place four large handfuls of walnuts in a food processor and run it until they become fine. dump the walnuts into a bowl with your butter, powdered sugar, and eggs. 

step 2. 

start mixing with your hands and start adding in a cup of flour. do this, 1 cup at a time, folding it into your mixture until the dough stops sticking to your bowl. 


step 3. 

preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your baking pans with parchment paper.

step 4. 

it's time to formulate the dough into little balls and place a "thumbprint" in them. to do this, I grab a small amount of dough (depending on how big I want my cookies to be) and roll it in between the palms of my hand.

step 5. 

to make the "thumbprint," I use a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon and press it into the center of my dough ball. 

step. 6 

fill your little thumbprints with jam! any jam will do -- strawberry, marionberry, cherry, apricot, raspberry and blackberry are some of my favorites, but you can get creative. I love using nutella, apply jelly, and lemon curd as fillings as well. 


step 7.

place them in oven and bake for 15 - 25 mins. I like my cookies to be on the softer side, so I typically take them out around 18 minutes. if you like a crispier cookie, you can leave them in the oven until the cookie part gets a little more golden brown. 

step. 8 

take out of oven and place on cooling rack. 


 *a few notes

ꕥ when serving, sprinkle a little more powdered sugar on top!  

ꕥ this recipe will yield about 30 - 40 cookies, depending on how big your dough balls are. I usually double the ingredients for a bigger batch of 60-80 cookies for gatherings.

ꕥ when making bigger cookies, you can play around with the shape of the "thumbprints" -- think hearts, stars, clovers, etc.

ꕥ they go great with a cup of coffee ;)


and there you have it! 

a super simple recipe that will have everyone reaching for more! until next time. xoxo




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