. 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