Monday, March 10, 2014

Weekend Happenings


Dare I say we may be near the end of the cold winter months?!? This weekend we hit the mid 50's! And today its rumored to reach the mid 60's! It's amazing what a little sunshine and warm temps can do to coax us out of the winter hibernation we've been in for months now. It was a flurry of productivity for us the past couple days.

Walking and Biking
On Saturday it was just starting to warm up so Kaydin and I hit the sidewalks to take in some fresh air. She biked and I walked along. It was so nice to get some time outside!

Playing Outside

With all the melting snow, inevitably mud comes along with it. Kaydin seems to be drawn to getting dirty and this is how I found her! We're alike in many, many ways but this is not one. When I was little I hate, hate, hated getting dirt on my hands. I still feel that way. The way it makes your hands feel tight, ick! I try to stick to wearing gloves when I find myself in the garden.

Getting Groceries
Our weekend ritual of getting groceries was much more pleasant with higher temperatures. So far this month I've spent about $90 in groceries. Not too bad since I'll be gone all next week. We visited the normal stores, Aldi and Trader Joe's.

Car washing
 Tim is on top of it when it comes to keeping his car clean. Throughout the winter, if the sun's out you will find him making a trip through the car wash. Sunday morning Kaydin and I tagged along to get some fresh air.

Between our grocery shopping on Saturday afternoon, Kaydin and I made a pitstop for lunch at Noodles & Co. Pad thai for me, mac and cheese for Miss Kaydin.

Spray Painting
I tried my hand at some DIY-ing in the form of spray painting this weekend! With some tips from my go-to crafter, Traci, I think we have some great finished products! I painted a few picture frames to repurpose them into hair accessory holders and also new earring holders for both Kaydin and I. We also painted the little elephants I found on a recent good will trip.

I tackled the daunting task of organizing Kaydin and I's jewelry collection. We both have way too many earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. I was tired of fighting through a tangled mess every morning when picking a necklace. It was long overdue and nice to see all I had to choose from.

I also went through all of Kaydin's hair accessories- bows, flowers, headbands, clips. That girl has a TON of hair stuff. Now if only I could get her wear it more. Maybe now that it will be better organized she'll be more interested.

Oil Pulling
I had been interested in trying oil pulling with coconut oil for at least a year now, I just never actually did it. Well, this weekend I saw it floating around social media quite a bit so I decided to quit procrastinating and just do it!

I scraped about a tablespoon from my giant Costco jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil, put in my mouth and started chewing. I really love the subtle smell and flavor of coconut oil so it wasn't too bad. I combined the time with showering to help the time pass and just kept swishing. It wasn't as bad as I though it would be. I plan to keep it up and will give updates!


Movie Watching


Tim and I watched 12 Years a Slave this weekend. I was really intrigued after it won the Oscar for Best Picture this year. I knew it would be emotional to watch and it was. I felt sick watching it and knowing this was the reality back then. Thank God the world has changed immensely; although, in my opinion, there's still much area for change in the areas of racism and human trafficking . It makes me sad to think this movie depicted the norm of life back in the 1800's. I always say if I lived during that time period that I hope I would be one that was on the side and lifestyle of those in the North.

Weekly Meal Plan
Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry
Egg sandwiches
Greek Israeli couscous salad

Did you have some sunshine where you live this weekend?

Have you seen 12 Years a Slave? What did you think?