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Sunday, April 17, 2016

My 31st Birthday Cake Smash

You know the photos. The cake smash for baby's first year? Never seen 'em? Sure you have!
So on baby's first birthday you're supposed to let them feed themselves their cake and allow them smash and smoosh it until there's nothing left and then they cry becuase they destroyed the cake. You take a few photos of the moment and there ya go. 
So now-a-days that's just not good enough for most parents. They STAGE the cake smashing. They buy their baby a special outfit and $50 cake and take them to a professional photographer who will capture this o-so special moment the RIGHT way. A genuine cake smash performed a month before their first birthday. The photos are always cute but I feel it's a terrible waste of money. So yeah... there's my take on that.

Anywho, I saw someone share an article on Facebook about a woman who did a cake smash photo session for her 30th birthday and I was super inspired. The photos were great but the woman in the photos didn't really look like she was having fun - she looking kind of bored and didn't really GET IN THERE you know what I mean? Her hands were barely in the icing. You gotta GET IIIIIN THERE. SMOOOOSH... WOOOORK IT.

It was ridiculously windy outside and overcast as well. There was just no way I could have done these photos outside successfully. We opened the blinds in the bedroom and tried several different angles that would give us the best lighting. The black and white photos were the ones that didn't do well with lighting editing so used a filter on Pic Monkey to try to hide how poorly the photos came out.

And wine! What's a birthday without wine!

But it's never cool when the wine runs out. 

My birthday is on the 18th and I don't have any plans! Boo!
Any suggestions?
What does one do for a 31st birthday?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Try, try again!

Sooooooooo HOWDY!
I took a couple weeks off from here to you know... do things that didn't involve this blog.
Hiking in Laos, vegetarian mud wrestling, rodent taxidermy. You know - the usual.

Saturday me and the fam went to our town's second attempt at a food truck festival. Sigh. These people just don't get it but at least they're trying. Last time there were four vendors - this time there were about 15.

There was vegan (which is almost unheard of here), waaaaay too many barbecue vendors as usual, Indian/Thai fusion and authentic Mexican.
I started off with vegan tacos and the husband got pork tacos from a different truck.
At a different booth we got these three tacos below: chorizo, lengua (beef tongue) and cow's head.
Sounds gross but I like to try new things but feeling the texture of a cows tongue on my tongue kind grossed me out a bit. I'll eat just about anything but just because it's a tongue doesn't mean it has too look and feel like it. Grind the crap up!

The vegan tacos were fine -  I just wish the fried tofu was a seasoned with a little salt and lime or something... maybe a little shrimp? No... add some fish? Oh. Never mind.

A local high school band was out there to provide a little entertainment.

And here are my babies!

And yeah. Um, that's it.
So what'd you fine folks do this weekend?
Besides the festival I've been trying out just using cornstarch and baking soda in coconut oil as a natural deodorant. I'm not near as funky as I thought I'd be but dadgummit it's giving me a rash and my pits are on fire.

Time to go ice my pits, ya'll! See ya!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Jonquil Festival

Saturday me and family went to the Jonquil Festival in at the Historic Washington State Park in Washington, AR. Washington State Park is a little village town thingy that has been preserved and kind of frozen in time -  the 1800s.  I was under the impression the festival would be more like my renaissance faire but in the 1800s. Nah. Just a festival - corndogs and blow up toys kind of stuff. The festival was still pretty nice though - lots to do and see. There were a few ladies in hoop skirts and shawls giving tours of the historic buildings on site, but that required a $5 pass. I figured that money would be better spent on... you know... food.
I like food.
The collage of above has pics of merch from my favorite sellers. I totally bought a tie-dye onesie for Cedar from the groovy dude in the upper right corner.

This Native dude was luring people into his booth like the pied piper with his flute.

The scenery was very lovely with the blossoms and trees and super green grass from last week's excessive rain fall that caused flooding in much of the area.

Above I'm in the backyard of one the Purdom House.
Below we're romping in the yard of a restaurant that's been there since - you guess it - the 1800s. 

A cute little parade passed by as we were playing.


Caleb had a genuine leather work belt custom sized for him on site.

I got 2 jars of homemade jelly: plum and peach jalapeno

A mini handmade pecan pie (the official pie of Texas) for the kids. We don't do sweets much so the kids have never had pie before. 

Handmade Indian sandalwood soap samples

Tie-dyed onesie for Cedar

A handmade gourd birdhouse thing. It's big and weird! I love it!

Stringed brass bells made by my friends who had a booth at the festival. I already have two strands for home decor but I want another strand for my gypsy queen costume.

DIY kaftan turned jacket thingy. I cut the kaftan open last week and forgot to finish it off so as the husband was loading the car I used a few tiny dabs of hot glue to temporarily finish off the seams.

I did the hair wrap the night before myself. The dangly bits in the middle are from a broken bracelet and the cowry shell doodad is from my collection of costume making stuff. I have tons more!

Sunglasses - Romancing the Stone clearance
Necklaces - cheap eBay finds
Dress - handmedown

A better view

So how was your weekend?
What'd you do?

Monday, March 14, 2016

So the thing about prune juice is...

So the thing about prune juice is... it's never ok to drink three cups of it.
I just needed a little help you know? I thought, the more the better right?

I  left my husband a note to see this morning that said, "please check on me before you go to work." I was terrified I would shrivel up in the middle of the night.

Oh, is this too much information? Not a ladylike subject?
 Too bad. You knew what you were getting into when you came here.

The good news is I survived, lived to tell the tale and was able to edit this photos from Sunday.

PicMonkey has new features to play with!! 
Ahem, that's an affiliate link there. Sorry.
Not sorry.

So Cedar  wasn't much in the mood for photos.

It took about twenty tries to get a shot of her thrifted Dorothy shoes.

River's sporting a vest handmade by his Granny.
And his new obsession is this mini American flag.
Or "frwaaa" as he calls it.

What we're wearing:
Pretty much everything was thrifted, eBay'd, handed down or found stupid cheap on retail clearance.

So, um, How are you doing?
Staying regular?
Oh! that reminds me!
I wrote a post about the Squatty Potty over at my other blog. It's a fun read if you care about - you know... pooping and stuff.

Monday, March 7, 2016

was there an earthquake on your side of the room?

I said to the husband, "Here, let's hurry and get some pictures so we can change clothes and take the babies to the park." I handed him the camera.
Snap. Snap. Snap.
"Alright, that should be enough. Thanks, babe."

Out of about 15 photos, these were the best.
There will be no do-overs as these pics were taken yesterday.
Time to go find the dang tripod.


▲Blurry Outfit Under $15▲

New neon melon dress: Ross Dress for Less

Scarf (turned into vest) - eBay

Wet Spot Studded Boots - Handmedowns

New Sunglasses - Romancing the Stone clearance

The video below is so full of truth!

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