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scaling back.

The journey of living with less is going to be a continual and constant effort to keep in check.  Before Christmas, I got rid of 2 garbage bags of the kids’ toys and shifted some toys out of the regular mix to rotate in every once in a while.  Here we are, just over a month later, and I think I am ready to do it again.  It’s not just toys, it’s furniture, clothes, STUFF.  How have we gotten so much stuff??

simple suppers.

I’ve been trying to keep meals for supper quick, easy and still delicious.  Sometimes, it’s so easy to get into a rut and make the same formula of things and press REPEAT.  I made, what I call, a “crostini supper” or “toast supper” the other night.  I enjoyed the preparing process, it was an easy clean up and actually took less time than other meals (even with all the variety).  Some of the combos pictured were: whipped feta/basil/tomato, avocado/bacon, sloppy joe sliders, tuna/parsley/pickles, pesto/shrimp/peppers, salami/cucumbers/onions salsa.  So good!

on the mend.

Finally, I think we are on the upward graph in regards to health.  Hunter was sick again last week (poor lil dude) and it was not pretty or fun.  It seems hard to go through seeing your littles sick, but I know it’s nothing like having to watch your child fight something terminally.  Every time after I/we catch something, I am all the more grateful for health, my time, my life … it’s like a reset button.  My mind needs to again adjusted towards thankfulness, and we are forced to simply slow down with life – neither of which are bad things.

unintentional matching.

It seems, that when I am feeling a certain mood … we are all dressed in the same colors.  Sure we’re not always too keen on that (poor Isra’s face – not impressed mama was taking another picture!) but I secretly love it.  Especially since it is never on purpose!

mountain missing.

Clearly, having some not so well family members, we’ve not been doing any trips to our beloved mountains.  Not even drives.  We’ve made plans nearly every weekend to go, but driving when you’re sick or when you have sick kids is not the best option to choose.  When I look through pictures and see these majestic beauties, my heart nearly explodes with anticipation for our next visit.  I love where we live.


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  • February 3, 2016 - 3:57 pm

    Calista - It seems like it’s a constant battle for me to keep things simple as well. You are not alone! That crostini with the tuna and pickle on it looks amazing! I’ve been craving pickles recently and I think I’m going to have to do something about it!ReplyCancel

    • February 12, 2016 - 4:57 pm

      sarah nadine - simplicity isn’t simple in our day and age. i guess each era goes through it’s own challenge … this being ours. it’s hard to not get caught up in things when you are surrounded by it – constantly!

      hope you’ve been able to enjoy a crisp, crunchy pickle. my mouth is watering at the thought 😋


PINThis morning was a frustrating one getting out the door.  We had a battle of the wills, diapers/back/clothes/bumbo, the foreboding task of finding matching clean socks … to name a few.  Thankfully, as it turned out my friend was also going to be late (phew!) so it gave us some breathing room.  And, after many attitude checks (of my own), we got in the truck and went on our way.

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  • January 20, 2016 - 12:07 pm

    Calista - Oh, my gosh, you and I must be on the same wavelength or something! I’ve been reading my way through Genesis using David Guzik’s commentary. I got to the part where Hagar runs off to the wilderness after she and Sarai have a little jealousy issue. Here’s what the commentary says:

    “If we seek to change our circumstances, we will jump from the frying pan into the fire. We must be triumphant exactly where we are. It is not a change of climate we need, but a change of heart. The flesh wants to run away, but God wants to demonstrate His power exactly where we have known our greatest chagrin.” (Barnhouse)

    And isn’t that the way of it? 🙂ReplyCancel

PINI’ve just got this feeling … this week is going to be good one!  No signs of sickness, we’re pretty much caught up on the back-log of schedule/appointments, temperatures each day are forecasted to have highs around zero degrees celsius.  It HAS to be good!

On the horizon:

. i’ve been looking for a used wooden play kitchen (wish we could afford this!) since before Hunter’s birthday and can’t seem to find one on kijiji, without it being hundreds, yes i said hundreds, out of our budget.  again, keeping my fingers crossed to find something this week or that Matt would magically have the time to make them!

. one dinner this week, it’s going to be crostini night.  going off some of these toast ideas.

. i actually won a few things on IG over Christmas (crazy!) … can’t wait to get them! 1 | 2 | 3

. drink more water!  this is always easier said than done for me, might try some ideas like my IG friend.

. trying to brainstorm some cool DIY gifts for some new babies ready to join us … if i was better at knitting (not sure if i’m “there” yet), i might attempt making something.  for sure i’ll be getting some of these ready, tho.

. sorting Israel’s clothes AGAIN!  he’s wearing 9mos stuff right now (already, what?!), got to put away all the 3-6mos stuff

. meeting some friends at a play place this week.

. listening to this song on repeat.

. not sure what we’ll do for our family night activity/adventure.  last saturday night’s swimming at the wave pool was a hit!

. LAUNDRY – because that will be never-ending every week.

. going to see the “Sisters” movie with my sister.  we have not seen a movie together in who knows how long!

. figure out what is in the Starbucks ‘holiday spice flat white’.  i’m finding because we are getting farther away from the “holidays”, less and less Starbucks will make them.  if anyone knows, PLEASE TELL ME as they are quite delicious!!


I think that’s it (for now!).  Anything interesting going on in your neck of the woods?!

pic pix: a few mornings ago when the sky was a cotton candy dream, Jan.2016, at home

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PINcolor: white, mint green, rust, wine, browns and all the rest

word of inspiration: current state

source of word:  I’d have to say, that if I were to give a color palette for what this season/current state of life exudes, it would have to be this combo.  I’m drawn to each of these colors together and separately.  It’s inspiring (I seriously am inspired to paint some walls when I look at this combo), familiar – thus comfortable, fresh, a bit of new and old world colliding, tasteful … ahhh, all the happy things on this board and the many more that couldn’t all fit!  In terms of color (and many other things), this is a good season!!

/1. this room gives me all sorts of inspiration  /2. i like these whales a whole lot  /3. this humble hilo backpack has been on my radar lately – in love with it (i mean, it even has stroller straps included!)  /4. israel is getting this!  /5. i must have an obsession with watches  /6. clutches/satchels/mini bags same difference and this one (though sold out) is beautiful  /7. with knitting the thing these days, imagining all sorts of color combos and projects!  /8. this scene has me in a day-dream  /9. isn’t this custom picture my friend (of thicket grove designs) did for israel simply beautiful?!  /10. this headband tho?!  also, i like this all the more because of her hair  /11. bracelet love  /12. i love me a beetle print on my bag, not a beetle on my bag

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  • March 22, 2017 - 9:03 am

    colorboard / no.46 » Sarah Nadine Blog - […] needed in my life  /11. would like a pair of these plushy blushies for my studio  /12. a couple colorboards back, i highlighted the bison blanket (which we now have) from this company.  my latest obsession? […]ReplyCancel