. Friday, December 22, 2017 .

During our trip in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho an amazing opportunity came, the chance to see bald eagles in the wild! A natural phenomena occurs in Beauty Bay where spawning sockeye salmon come to the bay to die and so too do the bald eagles. So we went to the bay and saw the bald eagles soar through the sky on the hunt for salmon!

Bald Eagles at Beauty Bay in CDA, Idaho

. Thursday, December 21, 2017 .

I love our Christmas tree! Strung lights around it and pretty ornaments all over it and it being a live tree, I think all of this adds up to good Feng Shui! Yes it is true that all Christmas trees bring good Feng Shui to a space, whether live or faux! The positive energy that a Christmas tree brings is amazing and if I could, I would have this tree lit up year round. ;)

Our Christmas Tree and holiday decorations

. Monday, December 18, 2017 .

I definitely think the holidays are one of my favorite times of the entire year, especially because of the beautiful Christmas lights that adorn many homes. I also love the festive wreaths, bows and holiday decorations. We lucked out living near festive people because our whole block is pretty much covered in Christmas lights. Christmas lights are magical, I love the look of them and I think its so much fun to see how people decorate their front yards with lights.

Our outdoor Christmas lights

. Sunday, December 17, 2017 .

Our daughter is 11 months now, but here are photos from her 10 month photo shoot. At exactly 10 months Mila took her first steps from the couch to her daddy! It was so amazing to see. She is getting better at taking more steps on her own, she really is on the verge of walking now at 11 months! She loves to put things into containers and is so dexterous as she grabs her food and toys piece by piece. Time seriosly flies with a baby, I can't believe Mila is almost one year old! At this age she also doesn't like having bows in her hair, as you can see below as soon as she realized there was a bow in her hair she took it out, lol. Next up is her 11 month photos, I'll have them posted soon!

Mila: 10 Months

. Saturday, December 16, 2017 .

This past week we celebrated Christmas early with family in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and we made lots of delicious iced sugar cookies! We made these Christmas cookies using natural dyes from turmeric, beets and spinach! I was quite proud of our creations. Not only did the cookies taste amazing but they looked great being made of natural dyes from plants rather than synthetic ingredients. Did you know that artificial food colors like Yellow 6, Yellow 5 and Red 40, contains carcinogens that cause cancer in animals? This article describes how toxic artificial colors are. I love to use natural ingredients so it was fun experimenting and making our own food coloring made from plants!

Naturally Dyed Christmas Cookies

. Thursday, December 7, 2017 .
A beautiful late November sunrise from our back patio in Colorado.

Lately I have been rising early around 6 am to start cleaning by 6:30 am. I enjoy the solitude, the stillness, the beauty in the silence and the time to check off items on my to-do list. It is really special to be able to watch the gorgeous sun rise about the trees and pronounce itself in hues of the rainbow. This is something I would have never done before. Being a first time mother, it is challenging trying to clean and get things done around the house. I'm never able to accomplish as much as I wish I could, and often I need my husband to watch our daughter as I work on tasks. This isn't always possible as my husband has been doing other projects on our home that need to be done or making our kitties' food from scratch (they eat a raw meat diet and it takes time to make their food in bulk). I truly appreciate every moment of this time being an early bird.

being an early bird

. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 .

Gift giving this time of year is really a fun thing for me. I love pinpointing the perfect gift for everyone on my list. It is funny what they say about Libras, how they will shop to give gifts to others but also buy things for themselves, sometimes the same items they purchase for others, one for you, one for me, lol. With so many beautiful gifts out there, who could blame us? Though I have to restrain myself from gifting items to myself, haha. We gifted the prettiest carved wood white washed photo frames to my sister and brother in law a few years ago and I about kept them for myself, they were to pretty to part with, but I sent them and I'm glad my sister still loves them to this day.

My Christmas Wishlist

. Monday, December 4, 2017 .

Christmas is around the corner and I am getting so excited! Having a little one makes me more into the holidays then ever before. I want to always create a fun and festive home for our daughter and future children during the holiday seasons. We haven't put up our tree yet because we are spending some time traveling at the end of the week. Since we have five cats, we don't want to risk leaving them home with a real tree and having the tree fall down, ornaments break, our kitties being potentially hurt, you get the picture, it could be disastrous so we want to avoid that.

New Christmas Ornaments

. Sunday, December 3, 2017 .

It has been about a decade since I've worn perfume. I love beautiful smells but aside from lotion, shampoo and conditioner, no scents adorn me. When I discovered that most perfume is just synthetic chemicals, many which are harmful I stopped wearing perfume. Over the years I've ordered natural brands but I never found one that I truly loved, until now.

Natural Ayurvedic Perfume - Yoke Trade Ayurveda Apothecary Perfume Oils

. Thursday, November 30, 2017 .

This year was the first year that Thomas and I hosted Thanksgiving at our house. Every year since we've been together, the past 8 years we've spent Thanksgiving day with family. This has been awesome, but it was pretty special to be able to cook all the food and host our own Thanksgiving this year! Now that we are homeowners and live in the same state as our families it was fun to decorate and host and I look forward to all the fun hosting we will be doing in our home for years to come. My favorite part was decorating the table! Here was our Thanksgiving tablescape...

Our Thanksgiving tablescape 2017

. Sunday, November 5, 2017 .

As we are in the thick of Autumn, cold season seems to come around. I think it has to do with people being stressed in anticipation for the holidays around the corner and everything that needs to be done before then, that people catch viruses. Unfortunately we were some of those people. This weekend we have been fighting a cold and still are. In our case I think we got sick because Thomas and I have been trying to get a lot of little things done around the house which kind of has been overwhelming.

Cold Remedy Decoction

. Saturday, November 4, 2017 .

Mila 9 months old clapping.

Mila has been nine months since October 10th. She is growing up so fast, I can't believe it! She still has six teeth and she is getting stronger in standing and walking. She still needs assistance in walking whether our hands or the furniture but she really is getting good at it. She will be walking before we know it.

Mila: 9 Months

. Wednesday, October 25, 2017 .

Thomas and I have been together for eight years and we've never carved pumpkins before, until now! We've bought pumpkins and one year we even grew a bunch from seed in our garden in Utah but I guess we just never got around to carving them. Since we are now parents I really want to start embracing the seasons and holidays by doing fun holiday stuff like carving pumpkins in Autumn. Carving pumpkins definitely brought back childhood memories as this was something we always did growing up.

Mountain and Mandala Carved Pumpkins

. Sunday, October 22, 2017 .

To celebrate my birthday we decided to take a family trip to Taos, New Mexico. We had the most amazing experience hiking with llamas in the mountains! Trekking with llamas was a once in a lifetime experience! Our experience was so unique, fun and whimsical! Llamas are so cute and to have our very own llama hiking buddy was pure joy! We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and it is definitely a memorable experience we will never forget!

Just to warn you this post contains tons of photos. I couldn't help myself, I had the camera around my neck and snapped away, but it was totally worth it to remember this special experience. :)

Our Llama adventure in Taos, New Mexico

. Wednesday, October 18, 2017 .
Everywhere I go I see Halloween costumes for sale which reminds me that dress up season is upon us. In hopes of being environmentally friendly and to save money I have checked the thrift stores a few times to find a cute costume for Mila to wear this year. I did find and buy a pumpkin costume for $5 but it ended up being too big for her.

There are so many cute baby clothes that already incorporate animals, such as baby towels, and I figured if we buy her a costume we should try to get one that will serve as a costume and an outfit she can wear over and over again before she outgrows it.

Baby Halloween costumes that double as pajamas

. Monday, October 16, 2017 .

Over the weekend, Thomas, Mila and I, had an awesome adventure! Above is a photo foreshadowing the story to be told and the adventure that happened. Yes those are llamas! The post will be up this week. I really look forward to sharing the escapade!

Life lately

. Saturday, October 7, 2017 .
In astrology our birthdays are called our Solar Returns. This is because each year the Sun returns to the exact degree it was when we were born. When I was born the Sun was at 12 degrees Libra, which happened on October 4th. Each year though your Solar Return can happen the day before or after your birthday. I had a great Solar Return/birthday! I turned 29 years old, which is really crazy to think I have one more year left of my 20s. 

My Solar Return

. Tuesday, October 3, 2017 .

After spending so much time working on house projects we decided from now on that we are going to dedicate Sundays for adventure. So on Sunday we spent a beautiful day exploring Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The park is free to enjoy and full of spectacular sandstone red rock formations. It was the perfect Fall Sunday with lots of sunshine and the perfect cool breeze, we had an awesome time exploring the natural landmark as a family!

Garden of the Gods

. Monday, October 2, 2017 .
Our beautiful baby girl and you can see three of her teeth on the top of her mouth.

Mila has been 8 months old since September 10th. Our little girl is getting so big! Can you believe she already has 6 teeth?! She has four teeth on top and two on the bottom. She is so talkative, adventurous, curious, and more confident in her standing abilities. She is silly and loves to laugh and to learn. The other night Thomas and I spent the night watching videos of her we've recorded since she was a baby and it made me tear up. She has grown so much since the day we brought her home and it is exciting to see her develop and grow and see her personality shine through. I'm excited to watch her grow up each day and I anticipate all of the exciting things that are ahead, like her talking!

Mila: 8 Months

. Saturday, September 30, 2017 .

With Fall upon us I am so excited to dress Mila up in adorable sweaters. Babies look so cute in cardigans and sweaters! Below you can find these sweet sweaters to layer your baby girl in this Fall.

1 Fox Print Sweater

This Fox Print sweater is adorable! I love the knitted fox with flowers in her hair and it totally says Autumn. We need to get this for Mila because she adores her fox stuffed animal.

2 Embroidered Nature Sweater

I love this unique nature sweater! Great for the outdoor enthusiasts with a baby girl who joins them on their fun adventures. There is a little squirrel, leaves, a chickadee bird and flowers beautifully embroidered on it, how cute!

3 Organic Cotton Horse Sweater

A darling red horse knit sweater for the baby who loves horses. Such a sweet sweater and even better it is made of environmentally friendly organic cotton!

4 Fawn Cardigan Sweater

I love everything about this baby cardigan. It is a pretty teal color and has such beautiful embroidered flowers, fawn, bird and little mouse, how sweet!

5 Bird Fair Isle Dress

What a beautiful and unique baby sweater dress. The bird pockets are so pretty, as is the knit design on the top! This is sure to keep your baby girl warm this Fall and into Winter, paired with some leggings.

6 Flower Embroidered Cardigan

Simple, yet classy this mustard cardigan totally reads Fall. The embroidered pink flowers along the edges are really elegant. This is the perfect piece to have as a layer for your baby this season.

 7 Knited Koala Bear Cardigan

This cardigan is gorgeous! It features two knitted koala bears along with other intricate designs that would definitely look cute on any baby wearing it. This could also be worn by a baby boy as it has a neutral design.

8 Cat Knit Sweater

What a cute little cat sweater! I love all of the embroidered flowers on the kitty's head along with variety of colors on the trim and sleeves.

9 Fair Isle Cardigan

I'm a fan of Fair Isle knits and this cute sweater for baby has lots of fun intricate shapes and designs.

10 Floral Embroidered Cardigan

Pretty embroidered flowers stand out on this navy blue cardigan. This is a nice piece to have in baby's fall wardrobe to mix and match with other pieces.

11 Crochet Cardigan

This is a timeless piece that will match with everything in baby's fall wardrobe! The crochet is so pretty and it looks both cute and comfortable.

12 Chevron Lace Sweater

This chevron knit sweater is adorable! I love the pink and orange color combination, the chevron pattern and especially the attached knit flower.

Which baby sweater is your favorite?

12 Fall sweaters for baby girl

. Friday, September 29, 2017 .
Our new pretty brass hardware!

One of the first updates I was excited to make in the kitchen was to replace the cabinet's hardware. The kitchen was newly remodeled when we bought our home, but the cabinet knobs were dark and not our style. I searched all over the internet to find the right knobs and things actually worked out perfectly by chance when I ordered through The Mine.

Kitchen hardware update

. Wednesday, September 27, 2017 .
The view from Beauty Bay.

My husband had a week long business trip to attend in Couer D'Alene, Idaho (CDA) and fortunately Mila and I were able to come along. Mila and I hung out during the day and went exploring. After the work day was over we all got to spend time together. We stayed with Tom's family and it was a wonderful trip! I have visited CDA Idaho before when Tom and I were on a road trip to Canada, for a week long hiking adventure back in 2012. We had ate lunch and had wine at the Coeur D'Alene Resort that overlooks the lake. The city is really beautiful. I was happy to be able to see the town more this time around and even more excited to be on this trip with our daughter.

Our trip highlights were swimming in Beauty Bay and taking Mila to the lake just the three of us, seeing family, seeing fawns, wild turkeys, seeing Mila spend time with her grandparents, stroller walks to the amazing park, date night, and all of the yummy food we ate.

A week in Couer D'Alene, Idaho

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My husband surprised me with this beautiful Stargazer Lily bouquet last week. It was the best surprise and it definitely made my day! I seriously have the most amazing husband who is so thoughtful. :) I absolutely love flowers and I really love how they look on our dining table arranged in a vase. This is my first Stargazer Lily bouquet and they are definitely gorgeous blooms!

Stargazer Lily bouquet

. Sunday, September 24, 2017 .

Now that I am a mother and I have given birth, one's birthday has so much more meaning. It is an ABSOLUTELY magical day when your soul chose to enter this life, your parents having created you, and I believe it is always a cause for celebration. From an astrological perspective your soul even chose the exact hour, minute and location of where you were born, all which make up our birth charts which are hugely symbolic and have so much significance.

Giving birth to Mila was one of the most surreal experiences I have ever been through. I gave birth to her naturally, with no pain medication or epidural and after 14 hours of labor our amazing, sweet little girl entered this world, it was an unbelievably beautiful experience. She will forever be our blessing and our pride and joy. :)

Birthday wish list

. Saturday, August 26, 2017 .

Our baby girl turned 7 months old on August 10th! It is crazy to think seven whole months have gone by as we've loved, nurtured and cared for our little girl. It's been the greatest blessing in the world to be her mother and experience what it means to be a mama. It is amazing to feel so much unconditional love for her. It has been the greatest gift to watch her learn and grow as her cute personality emerges. :) We love Mila so much!

Mila: 7 Months

. Monday, August 7, 2017 .
On Sunday we decided to visit the hippie mountain town of Manitou Springs. I have heard about it but have never visited before but have always wanted to. Since it is close to our new home we definitely had to check it out! Honestly, I LOVE Manitou Springs! It reminded me of Estes Park and Boulder, CO. It had an old town mountain feel but it is also a spiritual town with lots of cool eclectic local shops and restaurants, amazing scenery and an overall positive vibe.

The mountains behind Manitou Springs.

Exploring Manitou Springs, CO

. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 .
When designing our family room I knew the two main elements I would base the design on were the sofa and rug. I love rugs and since we have sand colored carpets in our home I was  so excited to add a pretty colorful rug; a fun rug that Mila could play on since this is mainly where we hang out during the day.  

Family room design: Mountain Lodge

. Friday, July 28, 2017 .
I’m a sucker for bamboo. I love its light color, airy feel and its natural aesthetic. I think it’s even cooler that the panda bear (one of my favorite animals) eats it and it also can be transformed into practical furniture, clothing and much more. I love it so much that we drove two hours to pick up our bamboo table and chairs from a Craigslist ad when we lived in Utah. 

Bamboo pendant in the breakast nook

. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 .

When we looked at the realtor listing for our home, one feature I absolutely loved was the wood burning brick fireplace. At first I thought we would paint it white to modernize it, but after moving in I realized I love the charm and beauty of the natural brick. So we are definitely not going to paint the fireplace. I am having a hard time trying to figure out how to decorate the mantel though.

Brick fireplace inspiration

. Monday, July 24, 2017 .

At our last home there was a peony bush that would bloom the most beautiful peonies, they quickly became one of my favorite flowers! Each year for five years I would anticipate the blooming florals that came with the season and I was definitely sad to say goodbye to the gorgeous pink blossoms once we moved.

Peony Bush