Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Favorite Shirts

My favorite shirt/uniform that I wear everyday would be modesty tops. It is so hard to find a cute shirt that is modest on top or long enough on the bottom. A few years ago my sister in law taught me the "Mormon" way. That is where my love started....

There are a few different brands that I have in my closet that I really like, such as Shade, Mod Bod, Cover Wear. There are so many more out there than what I have. Normally a modesty shirt is $15-$20 each or at the end of each seasons you can get the outgoing colors on sale for $9.99 but are limited on colors and sizes. Well I found Down East Basics, this is a clothing store in Roseville and also online. They always sell their shirts for only $9.99 year round. I love they way the fit just as much as Shade tops almost as much as I love it when someone shares a great find with me so here you go. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Messy Play Group

Today I had a messy play group at my house and the kids had such a blast! We had a plastic pool full of cooked noodles and water. Another one with three different kinds of pudding that they could"paint" with or eat. Last I had whip cream that they could spray at each other. It was so fun to see the kids being about to do things they are normally not allowed to do.
I've missed the "B" family and I'm glad they are home. No more vacations, deal?

Mexican Vanilla or Agave Nectar

I am a BIG fan of Mexican vanilla. In baking it always makes everything taste so much better. I think part of it is that American vanilla has 35% alcohol and Mexican only has 10%. I have used it for the past 8 years and than I ran out. So I purchased some at a big box store and I could not believe how strong the alcohol smell was. I also noticed a big difference in taste. I was a believer after that. OK so why am I blogging about my love for vanilla? Well I am putting in a order with a company out of Utah that gives discounts on order size and free shipping on any order over $35.

Here are the prices for vanilla-
If there are twelve people that want a litter it is only $9.99
If there are six people that want a gallon $29.99

Also they sell Agave Nectar which is a great natural sweetener I use it in baking and also on pancakes. I have to buy pure maple to get syrup without high fructose corn syrup in it and so this is much cheaper for me.

Here is some info I got off the Internet.
Agave makes a good substitute for sugar for a variety of reasons. Agave nectar is a real sugar, as opposed to an artificial or non-nutritive sweetener. It has properties similar to many sugars with one important exception: its glycemic index is significantly lower. This makes it a healthier alternative to many processed AND natural sweeteners, including:

white granulated sugar
brown sugar
demerara or turbinado sugar
maple sugar crystals
dehydrated cane juice
date sugar

Prices for Agave Nectar-
24 oz) $9.95
If there are six people that want a gallon $39.95

Let me know if anyone is interested.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Priesthood

On Sunday Dillon was ordained and is now a deacon. It is fun to see him grow up into such a sweet young man. Kirk loved every minute of it and spend a lot of time sitting down and explaining the Priesthood to him and his responsibilities. Here are some pics of his happy day.
Ok well he is not all grown up yet but its a start!

Favorite diapers

With Sariah I which to cloth diapers and I have LOVED it. At first I switched to save money and I knew it was better for the environment. I was surprised how much I like them. Here are some pics of Sariah wearing Fuzzi Bunz diapers. These are not your mothers diapers where you have to fold the diaper, pin it and then put plastic pants over. They are pocket diapers that are all one piece. They have an insert that you put in the back and then they snap closed. They now make one size fits newborn to toddler. I sent $200 on diapers that bought me 12 which is a perfect amount for me. That is all I have to spend on diapers EVER. They will work for all my babies to come. The best all in one diapers are the tiny tushes. I always love hearing about new ideas so I thought I would share.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Potty training

Myla was "potty trained" at 2 1/2 and since then she always had accidents. Sometimes three or four a day and other times maybe one. I really struggled with the thought of just putting diapers back on her or not. Kirks side of the family has a lot of potty training issues some lasting into their teens. So I kind of thought this was just the road we were on.

Since Myla started steroids 1 1/2 months ago she become accident FREE. It really was over night, she was done with accidents. Most of the time she does not even tell me, she just goes to the bathroom by herself. I asked the doctors if this meant something and they said no just a coincident. I do not know if I believe them or not but I guess we might find out when she gets off the steroids.

This week we even have better news. Myla is now dry at night!!! For any mom that has struggled with potty training knows my excitement and relief. I know Sariah is right around the corner and she asks to go sit on the potty all the time but I am not pushing that issue at all. I will enjoy diapers with her for now!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Here is the deal

Am I a vegetarian? No, I just eat meat really sparingly. When I was pregnant with Sariah I got sick on some meat and now meat is just not the same to me at all. Plus Kirk was going through a really big red meat stretch and that just about did me in. I am also not a big egg person, I never have been. A great friend taught me to center my meals around vegetables a while back and we really enjoyed it. Kirk included. So is this a permanent change? No we are just giving it a try. For a few years now we have chosen to eat really healthy and understand what is in food labels. Do I think it is the only way? No. Do I think less of people when they feed their kids chips, sodas, fruit snacks and all the other things I love? So no, it works for me and our family. That's it.

I hope that answers every ones questions

So now with that said I went and purchased some new cook books so I can be more creative in my cooking styles.

I have noticed already that this involves a lot of planning, more than before. I need to plan meals ahead of time and make sure we have enough snacks cut up and ready to go.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Half Moon Bay - Just the two of us!

After 3 1/2 years Kirk and I finally went away for the weekend. We went to Half Moon Bay about 20 minutes outside S.F. We were right on the beach and the weather was perfect at about 60. We went to a fabulous restaurant Friday night with whole lobster and crab, really good food, great service and nice atmosphere. Saturday morning we walked the beach, went to Main Street to walk the shops and then went to the local farms. Kirk was so nice to do all the things I wanted to do without complaining. I know his ideal vacation would have been him ab diving but he was really a great sport. When we were heading back he said, "Can we do this every weekend, please". What a nice weekend. We sure love the beach!

We are so lame. We forgot our camera so we had to use Kirk's camera phone. It worked ok but some how we mostly just got pic of me.

Eating from the earth

Why can't I eat from the land even if I do not have land yet. So here goes... Kirk and I are trying to eat only foods that come from the earth. Fresh veggies, fruits, and grains. Kirk is actually excited about trying it. I think I am rubbing off on him. Anyway I think it would be fun to try and see how we feel. Kirk's only concern was, what about bread? Please tell me you can make me some? So I can do the bread with honey and it would be a little stretch but I do not know a Wilkins that can live without bread.

Now bread without butter... what a sad day.

If only my chickens did not eat everything in my garden this year we would be able to eat from there but I guess off to the farmers market we go.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dream Home??

So on our hunt for our or my dream home my dad called me today and said he had a great idea for us. Here is the deal, I want to buy a house with at least 10 acres so I do not have to see or hear my neighbors. I think I am just getting grumpy in my old age. Well really I want a HUGE garden and lots of farm animals. I know I am crazy but it has been my dream since I was little.
Anyway here is the idea my dad had. Can you guess what this house is made out of????

You may have guess it, a shipping container.

Ok so maybe the idea may not be new to you but I kept asking him if I was understanding him correctly since it was over the phone. Sure enough I googled it and there they were and lots of them. So here is the idea.

1.) they are eco friendly since you are recycling
2.) very cheap, you can build a 3,600 sq ft house for around $60,000. installed

3.) to build you a huge house is really fast!

4.) they are fire proof and built to last

Just to name a few. Paige loved the idea of living in a box. Out of all things she is happy about living in a box??? OK well that is another story all together.

Will we be buying land and building a box, probably not but I thought I would share the idea.


Our ward has been sharing the stomach flu this past week and lucky us we got it. I was so bummed to figure out that Sunday afternoon I was very very sick. By that night I felt like I was going to die. Probably the worst stomach flu I have ever had. Then yesterday Sariah came down with it. I am just praying that Myla does not get sick. With all the steroids she is on she has no immune system left. So now our house is empty (all of Kirk's family has gone home) and now we still can not play. Hopefully soon we can go and see some friends!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Higher Education

Hurray for Kirk. After many years of Kirk wanting to go back to school and get his MBA (Masters in Business) he took the GMAT a month ago. We just found that that he was accepted into Sac State. It was a really hard choice for Kirk to go to Sac State. Leaving the area was out of the question. Kirk really wanted to go to UC Davis but that was $64,000.00 without books or parking. It also took three years to complete vs. Sac State which is $33,000.00 including books, parking and they will even feed him. Not to mention it will only take 15 months. So off to Sac State he goes. Kirk will start in September and that will probably be the last I will see him for the next 15 months. We are so proud of him and we wish him the best!
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