Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Yeah for Collages

I'm rather obsessed with picture collages at the moment and have been pinning them like crazy on Pinterest. I have to rely on pictures for ideas, I just don't trust my judgement on the spacing and what looks right. This one is still a little off, but it wasn't bad for the quickie I gave it. And those pic frames were uber expensive from the dollar store. Yah, we're big ballers :) I'll buy nicer frames someday (for now the boys have knocked them off the wall a couple times and broke one already... no need to spend say more)

My first go at it in the new pad. Right before Mason was born I decided the red-headed step children's bedroom needed some love. Poor little boys, their room was baren, cold looking and so un-cozy. 

I ordered mostly goofy pictures of them in the sepia color. There are lots of brown and tan tones in their curtains and I painted the P and K so they would always know who's bed was who's :) I would like to eventually do a collage with a mixture of kids paintings, drawings and cute photos of them.

Here's a favorite wall collage we did from 08' on my favorite mango wall! It was John's favorite color too, I'm certain all men would agree.

Monday, January 30, 2012

An unhealthy relationship?!?

Your always there when I need you. You pick me up when I am down. You've been like a best friend lately. Although, sometimes I fear our relationship might start becoming a little bit too dependent (on MY END for sure) and I'm slightly obsessed, but I don't even care! It might even be unhealthy at times and someday the time will come that I will eventually wein you out of my life and replace you with something healthier... but until then your getting me through a tough time! Coffee-- your the best... thank you :)

and nursing a 4 week old all night isn't even the main cause of my sleep deprivation. no really.
if only Kellen and Preston could sleep in until sometime-- anytime after 5:15am. please, please little ones! 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Much Love Baby...

Showing Mason some love :) 

thank goodness for this baby sling! I've used it more in the last 2 weeks than I have in four years. 

YES my kids are in their jammie's, for pictures.... again!
I wasn't planning on taking pics of all of them yet, but Adrian insisted! He is becoming somewhat of a picture hog. I will take full responsibility for that... I've created a mini monster.

Bringing home Mason hasen't rocked the boy's world as much as I thought it might. Adrian says he'd like to be a baby again too, just like Mason and he asks to hold him a lot. Preston is always asking us if  he can "pet" the baby (I have to remind him Mason is not a dog) and he likes to touch his tiny fingers. Kellen gets curious only when he thinks we aren't looking. But the minute Mason cries... Kellen is the first to run and tell us to go get him.

Lucky guy, he's got some pretty sweet brothers!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Photo shoot with Mason

I had so much fun having a little mini photo shoot with Mason last week. Here are a couple of the shots (more to post later) He's very photogenic :) I just love babies at this age... they make the perfect little subjects to take pictures of! Next I'd like to try to get some pics of all 4 boys together. That will be the REAL CHALLENGE!! I've got to pick a day that I have much more patience than normal :)

that sweet little half smile.

He looks like a fake doll in this one. And yes he is as sweet as he looks!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

For your viewing pleasure.

An awesome collection of some sky photography I've captured over the last couple months. Many days I'll notice more than 3 or 4 different types of clouds within view at one time. Somedays, the sky here reminds me of the Tampa skyline over the ocean. Looking at the sky is like looking at beautiful artwork.

This looks like someone took a paint brush to these clouds, it doesn't look real. 

How crazy, wicked is this cloud? This was on one of the few grey days we've had. This weird giant grey mushroom hung out over us all day. Bizarre.

A dusting of snow on the mountains, beautiful!!

John and I picked the kids up from school one day... I was hungry and pregnant and admiring the cotton candy-like clouds.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Review AND Giveaway: Green Cleaner (Hey Ladies & Moms!)

First, let me state that I would never entertain the idea of doing a product review on something I didn't really believe in and want to use myself. With that being said, I was flattered when "Parents of a dozen" asked me to review a couple "Shaklee" products.

What is Shaklee? They are a natural nutrition company that has been around for over 50 years.  And they make the planet healthier along the way. Here are 3 important statements for their product philosophy, which are: "always safe",  "always works" and "always green", they are one of the leading health product manufactures globally.

If you follow my blog at all then you know I have been slowly trying to "Go Green" and incorporate more Organic products and foods into our home. I really believe that there are more harmful chemicals in our cleaning products and in our foods today than 50 years ago when our parents were growing up. I feel that chemicals and unnatural substances in our foods, cleaning products, and pollutants in our environment are affecting the development of our children today. Knowing that I won't be able to control what chemicals my kids are around and what they are putting in their mouths when they get older, it makes me feel great that I can do something about it now and hopefully teach them at a young age the importance of healthy living and the benefits of a more natural lifestyle. Of course it's most often easier and cheaper to just grap what's on sale regardless of what chemicals it contains and how clean the item is (trust me, budgetting a family of six now is no easy task) But it's a give and take, and I've made this more of a hobby and passion. 

So that's it-- that's my story and that's why I enjoyed this review and giveaway :)

So here we go.... 

First I used this tiny package of wonderfulness... this tiny tube makes 2 bottles of powerful cleaner when diluted in 16 ounces of water.  

Basic H2 could be used on any washable surface – indoors or out. 
Walls, Windows and Mirrors, Countertops, Floors, Appliances, Stoves, Sealed Woodwork, Pots and Pans, Furniture. Clean Credentials: Nontoxic, Natural, Doubly Concentrated and Biodegradable Surfactants.

I used it on my counters and on my stainless steal appliances (the pictures didn't do it justice because of the marble texture counters and glare) but I normally use a couple popular chemical free all purpose cleaners and this H2 did the same great job. 

Here's the "Scour Off" I tried out. It's a heavy duty paste. I loved that it worked well and had no weird or strong smell to it. 

It cleaned the stove nicely and did a wonderful job on the stainless steal as well.
(yes my stove was a hot mess!! that's what happens when you have 3 crazy boys and a 2 week old newborn... cleaning my stove is not top on the priority list. But this review was a good excuse to do so :)

foamed up nice

The Basic H2 Cleaner worked great on my sink.

Overall, I was very happy with the performance of both of these products and look forward to trying out some more Green products in the Shaklee Line. 

If you'd like to check out more information on the Shaklee product line and to get cleaning tips, decorating tips, etc. or to visit this wonderful family that belongs to Sharon and Doug, just go here: Parents of a Dozen.

Also, here is a great resource if your just getting started in your journey to get Green Cleaning :) 
Get Clean Kits.


The Giveaway 
(10 winners, open until 1/27)

A free sample of the Basic H2-- this makes 2 bottles of powerful cleaner
2 drops to 16 oz. of water in a Get Clean Spray Bottle for cleaning windows and mirrors. Then, mix 1/4 tsp. to 16 oz. of water in a Get Clean Spray Bottle for all-purpose cleaning. 

POD (Parents of a Dozen) will giveaway 10 of these Basic H2 packets, So if you'd like to try it out, (it's FREE and worth it :)  just leave a comment here stating you'd like to give it a shot and also for an additional entry go to Parents of a Dozen and leave a comment that you've subscribed to their blog and would like to try out the Basic H2. And last, if you become a Shaklee lover you will get a special offer for new members that order through the POD website. 

Happy and Healthy Cleaning Ladies!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Eighteen Days and Big Bros

18 days into his new life and Mason is a well behaved, low maintenance baby :) and now that I just typed that, he'll develop colic behavior, gas issues and spit up like it's his job. Really tho, other than having his days and nights a little mixed up, he's making having a fourth child slightly, slightly easy... so far. And now if I could just get the other 3 boys to sleep past 5:15am 7 days a week we might be onto something like a decent schedule with at least 5 to 6 hours of sleep for me somewhere in there. Seriously our boys have got to be used to the 2 hour Mountain Time change by now!!! 

The boys really seem to love having a tiny new little brother. I catch Preston and Adrian staring at him sleeping in the pack n play and talking to him quite often. They're doing great in their big brother role.

Mini John #1 holding Mini John #2 :)

I can't wait to post the pics of my mini photo shoot I did with Mason.
Hopefully I'll be finished with them next week. 

Currently, "Jammie Day" at our house is about 4 days a week. 

The trio sporting their super cute new jammies from Gma Honey. Perfect since we wear these types of threads more than anything these days. And since bringing Mason home, there are somedays we go from jammies to bathtime to new jammies. Yeah!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Now I can get this shirt.

My next t-shirt purchase!

Boy Mom T-shirts
(they have girl mom ones too and I think boy/girl ones even)

I'm a boy mom. When we were at Target a couple months ago this sweet little old lady saw us with all three boys and stopped to chat in the middle of an isle. She complimented us on our family then proceded to tell me that I will get a free pass into heaven for raising all these boys :) (first I've heard that one) and gosh she didn't even notice my growing bump under my jacket either. I wasn't about show her and open up that convo.
So I have to wonder, does this mean since having Mason-- will this put me in the "two" free passes category?!?! :)

I love these shirts!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sweet Pea Pictures

I'm actually too tired to type anything with much substance. I'm staring at a pile of hospital paperwork to go through, Insurance papers, mail from last week, and pre-school registration papers for next year, a desk that's a hot mess... and my head is spinning. I save this stuff to finish when the kids are still sleeping at night or in the morning, now I just need some motivation and my morning cup of coffee... stat!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hitting up the Hills and Slopes

Right before Mason was born we made time to hit up this huge hill in our neighborhood with the kids. This seems to be a "hot spot" for sledding fun, it was packed full of parents, kids, sleds, tubes, boogie boards and snowboards.

The boys had a blast! John was at the bottom down there figuring out how to get Kellen and the sleds back up the hill. All while Adrian kept sliding back down the hill while walking up it.

Poor John was whooped after about 6 trips down the hill. Next time I'll be a non-pregnant participant and able to help out more.

Kellen's is still too little and could only ride with dad.

We think Adrian might be a great candidate for snowboarding next year. He has no fear and loves trying new things in the snow. Let's hope so, John can't wait to have one of his sons be a snowboard buddy!


John did hit the real slopes this weekend at Breckenridge. He's been chomping at the bit to go snowboarding ever since we moved to Colorado. And finally... his day came this weekend :) It was well deserved by our hard working man!!

Our friend Geoff from college-- checking out that beautiful view.