Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

 This week we bought a bunch of organic blueberries and Rob said blueberry muffins sounded really good. I did a quick Google search and came up with a recipe

Read More

#Happiness is

Jumping in on the #Happinessis project again with photos from our week of things that definitely made me happy and thankful.

 

Happiness is…….

Sleeping with a big grin.

sleeping with a smile

Read More

Wordless Wednesday – Letting go and making memories

Today’s Wordless Wednesday (topic: Gratefulness) is not wordless, but just hang in there with me. Today I am sharing a video Bub took last week. The boys hang out with my dad and mom most Thursday’s and last week they were working in the yard with Grandpa when I came to pick them up. Bub asked me if I had a few minutes and led me over to a pile of leaves he had been raking asking me to jump in them.

Now we have been really, really busy lately. The move and client work on top of normal life and homeschooling has been more than I felt I could handle at many points in the last 6 weeks. It has been push, push, push and no time to rest. I have been making a conscious effort the last week or so to take breaks from unpacking and chores to stop and play with the boys. It is hard when you are on the roll of constant movement to make yourself stop, breathe and have fun. This is why we Hatton’s are downsizing our home and our lifestyle, this is why we decided to cut down my work schedule to a more manageable part time, to be with the boys more and I am thrilled about it.

Bub wanted to use his new iPhone to take a video of my jump. He was so excited – Bub is about to be 14 next week and in general he is very laid back and calm, seeing him get so absolutely happy that I was willing to jump in his pile was awesome. I ran, I jumped, I squeeled….it was fun! Then as he showed me the video I fought back tears, I wanted to cry. All I could see was my belly at the beginning of the video and how big I have gotten. Those close to me know that I have struggled with my thyroid for about 5 years now on top of my gluten issues. I am happy I have lost all my baby weight, but now I am back to the 30lbs of thyroid weight I gained before the baby that doesn’t want to leave.

I sat there holding his phone and trying to “edit” the video just to take out the first 2 seconds where I could see my belly. Bub said “Mom, you look fine please let me have my phone back?” and then again “Mom, please I will just delete it and retake it ok?” – ouch. In that moment I felt so bad that my issues with my body and my weight were intruding on my child’s happy moment. I may not be ok with my body, but my kids and my husband truly love me and don’t see the extra weight that I do with my critical eye. I handed him back the phone and we took tons more videos even getting my dad and brother #2 to jump on video too.

I have not given up on my fight for a healthier body and I am still not content or at peace with my weight, but I will post the entire video today (its a total of about 6 seconds) anyway. I want my children to have amazing memories, I want them to look back and see how much I loved them and know I enjoyed every minute with them I could. If you live in South Texas go rake some leaves and make some memories too! If you live north of here

Jumping in a pile of leaves

 

Read More

Crib & Kids

 

When new businesses open up in town I get excited. I especially enjoy small businesses where you can get to know the owner and support local. Meet the owner of the new Crib & Kids, Courtney!

Photo by ARG Photographs

Photo by ARG Photographs

We were invited to a fabulous bloggers night to visit the new store (I missed the actual event due to moving – boo). A photo opp with hats, mustaches and props? Yes, please! See my sweet blogger friends Tori of The sTORIbook and Stacy of Kids-Stuff-World, seriously check out their blogs.

003 (1)

Photos by ARG Photographs

My two favorite “nursery set ups” in the store are this one for a girl.

Photo by ARG Photographs

Photo by ARG Photographs

This one is my favorite for a boy.

Photo by ARG Photographs

Photo by ARG Photographs

Crib & Kids has so many choices and options to make a unique nursery of your dreams.

Photo by ARG Photographs

Photo by ARG Photographs

They also have many other products for babies and kids outside of furniture. I spy my favorite baby blankets in the whole world that I use even now with my almost 16 month old Aden & Anais….seriously if you have a baby you need these!

Photo by ARG Photographs

Photo by ARG Photographs

Today I am joining a group of local bloggers for a really nice giveaway that runs through 3/20. One winner will be selected and can choose from either the Baby’s Dream Brooklyn Crib or the Baby’s Dream Chelsea Crib.

Chelsea Crib large-brooklyn-crib-espresso

The value of the crib is $399. Please note shipping will NOT be included (it can be picked up in-store). The winner may also elect to receive a $200 credit TOWARDS furniture INSTEAD of the crib.

Visit Crib & Kids website to find out their hours, location and see some of their products.

Also, I want to say “Thank you!” to Amanda of ARG Photographs for all the beautiful photos, visit her website and Facebook page.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: I was invited to a bloggers night only event where the crib was donated for a group giveaway. I have not been compensated in any other way and all thoughts and opinions above are my own!!

Read More

Moving – yeah

So we are in the process of moving. Moving is rough. I know it is necessary and that I am whining, but it still stinks. It has given me a new appreciation, awe and respect for military families who move often and not just across town.

I feel as if I have fallen off the social media wagon and I am looking forward to finishing up our move this week and getting out all the posts in my draft box. I have had the pleasure of attending a couple of great events the last few weeks – robots, dinosaurs and a new baby store! I have lots of photos and information to share as soon as I unpack my laptop power cord and find my camera.

Lisa over at Crazy Adventures in Parenting started a Wordless Wednesday series on gratefulness that I have been looking forward to jumping in on. I know it is not Wednesday and its not wordless but here are a few things I have been grateful for this past week:

  • My hardworking husband, Rob
  • My two super patient sons
  • My parent’s and siblings who have helped me so much (I can’t begin describe)
  • U-Haul for boxes with handles
  • Sonic for cherry limeades that have powered me through endless packing and decluttering
  • All the people on my Facebook “Online Sale!” – my whole family thanks for your taking some treasures off our hands so they didn’t have to move them.

I will be back tomorrow to talk about our adventure with Robots 4 U (a sweet robotics camp discount will be included) and Wednesday a really nice group giveaway from the new Crib & Kids store!

Happy Monday!

Read More