Sweet Saturday…

We are happily in the throws of summer and baby-prep this weekend, but I needed a break and a little quiet writing time. This morning was so nice. We woke up early (after Vera came into our room from sleeping the whole night in her big girl room!), walked down to farmer’s market, and then had a quiet breakfast outside at one of our favorite little restaurants. It was breezy and peaceful, and both Jeff and I needed it. I think Vera had a great time too, although she pooped in her pants twice while we were there… 😛  She’s been doing awesome with that though, she never has accidents at home anymore, it’s only when we’re out. It’s been great for Jeff and I to not have to deal with diapers for a little while, too. In no time at all we’ll be back to it. I do plan to do some EC training this time, though. Fascinating stuff!

Our farmer’s market haul. Stone fruit is in season!!! Oh the deliciousness… we’ve been having lots of smoothies full of fruit and homemade yogurt and chia seeds… yum. Then whatever’s leftover I just throw into our little popsicle molds and we have smoothie pops when it’s really hot. I’m totally going to have a blueberry peach smoothie later. 🙂

And today’s harvest. I’ll go out after this and get more greens cut to put in the giveaway basket. But do you see? There are green beans!!! So exciting. We’ve also been getting about 2 eggs a day from the ladies, which is really fun. I’m loving having chickens!

Also the last panels went up on our potato boxes. They grew so fast! Now we can just sit back and watch them go nuts. I’m really curious how many potatoes we’ll get out of it. I’ll have to invest in a nice scale to weigh our produce. Next year I’d love to keep a count of how many pounds of produce we get out of our little farm.

My little nudist has been so fun lately. She loves this little Christmas hat (you know how she is with hats), and often she opts to just wear that on these steamy days. Goof. We went out the other day and she insisted on wearing it. It was 95 degrees and humid, and this guy saw her and just laughed. 

It was my big sister’s birthday yesterday, so my little sister and I got together and made her this all-natural facial kit for fun. My little sister had access to all these recipes, and we whipped them together the other morning. Not that my beautiful sister needs a facial, but she definitely needs to take time to herself to rejuvenate a little. She works so hard, and is a tad under-appreciated sometimes, so we thought something spa-like would be good. This is an olive oil sugar and honey scrub.

Rice water toner.

Aspirin-aloe concoction… 

Rice water toner in it’s little container.

Seaweed mask.

Anyway, it was cute and I hope she uses it. 

Vera and her accessories. 

We set up the room for the baby. We are definitely a co-sleeping family for now. The baby will be up at my head, Vera just below that. It’s turning out to be a cozy space for all of us. Plus I think it’s good if Vera gets used to the new sleeping arrangement before baby gets here. She seems to really like it, and she talks about where we all get to sleep and stuff. Plus she’s got her choice of being in there with us or in her room.

Vera’s little spot.

I really don’t mind it being such a family room. It’s become such a peaceful and simple place. Our bedroom used to be upstairs in the big open room, but now I realize that it’s much better in a smaller space. Anyway, it feels nice to have the bedroom all settled and ready. 

Anyway, for the rest of the day I’m working on making my cloth pads, some cleaning and organizing, another try at bread making, reading some Spiritual Midwifery (I’m feeling like I need to do a little positive birth reading), and working on Vera’s "big sister doll" tonight after she’s gone to sleep. Oh, and we’re potlucking it at our neighbor’s annual "Tiki Party" later. Should be a good day. I hope you all have happy weekends. 🙂


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  1. littleloveflame

    I learn so much from you. I understand about the aloe but would not have thought of/known to use aspirin…

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Me either! I’ll have to try some of these recipes soon… maybe as a nice postpartum treat. 🙂

  2. pagangoat

    That does sound like the perfect morning, and your plans for the rest of the day are pretty great, too:)
    The facial kit is an awesome idea, it’s nice that you and your little sister made it together.
    Smoothie pops sound delicious, I just made my second tray of orange-grape-sicles this morning, Eilidh loves them. The next time I have yogurt(I haven’t made any in a week or so)I’ll have to make some kind of mashed fruit-yogurt mixture.(still no blender)

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Blech, I lost all my energy and ended up napping with Vera. Gotta do it while I can!

      Have fun with the popsicles! I love them on days like this. 🙂

      1. pagangoat

        Definitely rest up when you get the chance, I imagine things will be a bit crazy for a while, adjusting to babe #2!

        anything frozen helps when it’s 33 in the shade…(91 F…I had to look up a conversion chart, lol)

  3. prophetsong

    I’m at a similar stage with Zakary with the toilet training. He’s doing great at home but we’ve been out shopping for most of the day and had a couple of accidents. I’m not to stressed though as I know it’ll come and I don’t want it to become an Issue!

    Your day sounds lovely. I think I might go for an early start and breakfast out as a treat tomorrow.

    Those facial recipes look fab!

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Yeah, it really helped me to think about it like “for 2 years I trained her to pee in her pants…” It helps me understand why she’d have accidents in less comfortable situations, if that makes any sense.

      How was your early morning?

      1. prophetsong

        That’s exactly how I view it!

        It was lovely thanks. We had a really nice breakfast at a local diner then went for a nice walk in nearby woodland before it got too hot and sunny, then home for snacks and a nice nap. I’m not a morning person but I’m finding that I get so much out of it if I just make the effort to push through the tiredness first thing 🙂

  4. ladyfaith3

    love the little one in the hat! how funny! Love the garden and all the baby prep is so exciting I can’t wait to hear how labor and delivery goes! So much is happening!

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Seriously! I can’t believe that your babe is already practically a month old!

  5. moondaughter20

    Vera is so precious! I think she could grow into those boots a bit. 😛

    I love this time of year when everything is fresh and verdant. Everything tastes so good! I’m glad all the hard work you guys put into your garden is paying off. It looks scrumptious.

    That’s such a neat gift you and your sis made. Your sister will love it, I’m sure. 🙂

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Haha, yes, the boots are a bit big. Toddlers just have a unique sense of style!

      I hope you’re experiencing lots of freshness on your end. 🙂

  6. decemberthirty

    Stone fruit being in season may be my favorite part of summer! I have been eating so many beautiful peaches lately, and next week I’m going to make peach ice cream–exciting!

    I think it’s a great idea to get a scale and determine how much produce you’re growing every year. I read a statistic today that said that the average American household with a garden spends about $70 on the garden, and grows about $600 worth of produce. I have no idea about the reliability of those numbers, but I thought it was interesting!

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Oh seriously- isn’t it amazing? A perfectly ripe peach… It’s hard to match. I hope you post about your ice cream adventures! I haven’t made any lately, you’re giving me ideas!

      That would be really fun! I wonder how we’d calculate the price at the end…

  7. yayhappens

    Your fresh fruits and veggies look appetizing, as always. Yum Yum!

    -I am totally fascinated by the article you linked about EC. Really it looks like yet another awesome way to really be in tune. How great is that!

    -All of the spa goodies you have made look so rejuvenating. I hope I have rice on the menu tomorrow so I can save up some of the water. lol

    -Vera is so precious. A bundle of love! I am excited for her big sister doll. It’s a great event and it is so nice that it is being acknowledged.

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      Isn’t the whole concept of EC interesting? I actually think it’s more logical than wrapping your baby up in a poop rag, but we are where we are… I am really excited to try it out. 🙂

      Thank you! I really have to work on her doll tonight- good thing you’re reminding me!

  8. mrsbenglish

    I’m so jealous. The first week I didn’t walk down to the market and they have such yummy looking fruit. And Beets. Love Beets.
    I NEED to go next week.
    I went to Northville’s on thursday, and made jam out of the berries and got apricots I got.

    The produce from your garden looks wonderful as well. We moved into this apartment in Depot Town, so I had to try to transplant some of the stuff from the house we moved from, and it’s all in containers now. It’s not as happy as I’d like it to be. I haven’t been tending to it as well as I should either because this house was on the market, and if someone bought it we would have been forced to move again. It’s off the market now, and I’m feeling like it’s too late to get a good garden going.

    That facial stuff looks great, what are the different concoctions good for?

    Also, I’m glad I don’t have the only nudist toddler in town. Lilliana did not wear any clothes the last two days.

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      It was definitely the first week I saw stone fruit. I didn’t ever see cherries! 🙁 Oooh berry apricot jam sounds luscious!

      You’re just in Depot Town! We are so so close. We should have a play date in the park with our little nudists once I squeeze this little one out. 🙂

      I think the sugar olive oil concoction is to scrub off dead skin cells (but is supposed to hydrate too), the aspirin thing is kind of a mask, the seaweed is also a mask, and then the rice water is just a toner. I’ll have to get the recipes from my sister and try em out!

  9. stupidfool

    wow. i just read that article on EC, and i’m amazed… i’ve seen images of women in other countries holding naked babies, but i never stopped to think about how or why that worked out for them. i can’t wait to hear about your experiences trying this out with the new little one!

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      I’ll totally post about it! I hope it works, it could make potty training a lot easier. 🙂

  10. purerandomness

    By any chance did you and your sister use recipes from ‘The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book’ by Josephine Fairley? My sister got it for me this X-Mas. It has some great recipes using all sorts of flowers and herbs that I have growing around the house!

    It looks as though you’re getting SO MUCH out of life right now. I’m so happy for you!

    1. Gracie (Post author)

      I hadn’t heard of that book. I think she got the recipes off of this person on the internet. Have you tried any of the recipes? Are they good?


  11. Anonymous

    love the hat! jonah feels the same way about socks. last week on one of the 95 degree days he had on socks and 1 legwarmer on 1 leg. all day. with his shorts and t-shirt. hilarious. love your co-sleeping beds!

  12. giesbrecht

    Your little nudist is such a cutie, and kudos to you for encouraging her nudism!

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