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Post vacation blues

Today I’m laying in bed with a headache and it’s making me want to cry. It’s sorta weird. I mean it hurts a lot but for whatever reason it’s making me super emotional. I just wanna be playing in the sunshine with my babies! Thankfully my husband is super dad and he’s been taking great care of them and letting them come in and snuggle me sweetly ever so often.

In between falling in and out of sleep I’m thinking of that last few days we had together in Palm Springs. They were perfect. We are in the midst of a high stress season and getting out of town and away from on the chaos was a beautiful gift! We had no agenda // just swim, eat, and sleep. It was glorious. The kids had a blast and my sister stayed with us so the hubs and I were even able to sneak in some late night swimming and a movie date!

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the sibling bond.

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I only have two kids and that’s really how I feel- only. To me I don’t feel maxed out, passed my birthing years, or like our family is complete. I feel secure in the little reproductive break we are taking but I know this strike will end sooner than later.

However, when I go to the park or the the grocery store strangers are always putting their opinion on me, implying that I got my boy and my girl so I can just hang it up- mission accomplished. It’s weird. When I vocalize that we aren’t done having babies yet they are stunned! They look at me like I’m delusional! Really! And again I think just how weird THEY are!

See, I was never the mama who consider having only one child- and thank goodness since I was pregnant again by the time my first was six months old!!! Oops! But really, I always knew I wanted more and I always knew I wanted to give them siblings. So I mean I guess we could stop. I have a boy and a girl and they have each other. I could look at it like okay I did it cross that obstacle off the list but my heart doesn’t feel that way and one of the biggest determining factors for me is the sibling bond. You just can’t grasp just how sweet it is until you create it and watch it bloom before your eyes. It is easily one of my very favorite things about being a mama, just watching them love on each other so well. Siblings create a crazy dynamic and at times it is a bit overwhelming because I swear they learn how to team up and take you out so quickly! But even on the toughest days, nothing compares to the love.

Having multiple children is a lot of work. It is a stress on your body, your patience, and your wallet. HOWEVER, the reward is ten fold! Giving your child a sibling is one of the very best gifts you will ever ever give them! I mean imagine them stuck with crazy you || ALONE || forever?!?! I mean that’s just not right! Give them some back up! Give them a forever buddy! Give them a partner, a confidant, and truth speaker that will be by their side for life! Help them grow by teaching them to love more, share more, and communicate more from a young age. Their life will be blessed by it and so will yours!!! And while you’re at it don’t just give them one give em a few!

I always say// you’ll never regret the kids you have but you might regret the ones you don’t have!

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Where to snag the looks we love//
High chairs// ikea
Bows // every dot and tiddle
Tank // little boogaweezin
Tee// the seeding project
Pizza Tee// JAMZ
Moccs// freshly picked

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Earth Day

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The kids and I met up with some friends and celebrated Earth Day at The Branch. It was so rad! The Branch is the California base camp for Element Eden. Everyone knows about Element skateboards but have you seen what Element Eden is up to?! Man it’s some good stuff! It’s so much more than the “girls line” of Element. They have a unique mission and purpose and it is inspiring, “it is to inspire girls to follow their own path and to find a different perspective from the old standard. Genuine, creative, and passionate, Element Eden lets you express yourself without saying a word. You are what you wear because you wear what you are.”

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For Earth Day they had a good showing of people ready to have some fun! People were skating, tacos were being made, a few guys were custom cutting boards, and there was even succulents to plant and pots to paint! Element Eden reached out to the community and the community responded with great love and acceptance!

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the next chapter

So I’ve been MIA in the blogosphere because we’ve been moving!! It’s been a wild ride but we have finally landed!

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This last year we lived in a town house that we were pretty unhappy in. There was nothing wrong with it, it was actually pretty cute, but it wasn’t a house and my babes need a house! They are loud and active and just need to be able to spread their wings and make music without having to be overly concerned with the noise factor.

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Over the last year we became insanely familiar with zillow. We knew every place for rent at any given time and there was not a single place we fell for! It was crazy! We were so discouraged and really didn’t know what our next move would be. Our lease would be up the end of April and at the beginning of March my sweet husband heard from God, “stop looking for places until April 1st.” If you know my husband than you know this could not have been further from his comfort zone! He is an extremely organized planner and waiting until 26 days before we had to move seemed straight irresponsible to him BUT he obeyed and we waited it out. On April 3rd we found the perfect house for our family. It had not been listed until then and had we been planning ahead like we typically would we would have missed out. We were praying for a bigger house, with a yard, for less money, and I was crossing my fingers and saying pretty pretty please could ya throw in wood floors and white walls! Pipe dreams right?! WRONG!

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God totally provided just that!!! It’s been pretty crazy and we have so much more to do but we are up for the challenge!

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God is so faithful and life with Him is super fun!

If you’re looking for a new home for you and yours do yourself a favor and and begin your search with zillow

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• Oil pulling •

Oil pulling is the trending fad of the moment…. Only it’s it not a new thing at all! Oil pulling is an ancient practice that’s just getting on the map. I was skeptical about all the hype but I couldn’t get away from it! Everywhere I turned I was reading something about it or hearing someone rave about it! I decided that I’d look into it a bit on my own.

While I was reading about it I was sorta laughing to myself because it was being talked about like breast milk! Hahah okay that sounds weird. I’ll elaborate! I’m one of those natural birthing, breast is best, mamas that wants only the good stuff for my babies! I am not a major fan of turning to western medicine for every ache and pain. In the hippie mama circle you hear people talk about breast milk as if it’s liquid gold magic! It can cure an ear ache, diaper rash, baby acne, pink eye , a stye, as well as be be the perfect food for your child! People who have started oil pulling seem to report a countless amount of benefits that covered a wide range of effects that weren’t all for vanity…. Though come on… I’m in it for vanity as well!

Okay okay! So what is oil pulling exactly?! It is the process of swishing or “pulling” oil threw your teeth and around your mouth collecting all the toxin stored up in your body! Amazing right?! I mean who wants toxins in their body?! Not me!
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How do you oil pull? It’s really basic. In the morning you take anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon amount of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for TWENTY minutes. Okay! Okay! I promise it’s not as bad or as long as that sounds!! The fact that I had to do it for that long was my biggest deterrent but I promise it’s not awful or terrible or torture! You can do it!

Pro tip// when you’re all done be sure to spit the oil into the trash. You cannot swallow it (yuck) and you can not spit it down the sink or you will clog your pipes.

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There are many claims associated with oil pulling but for me I’ll tell you my personal results as of now. ||almost 3 weeks of daily pulling||
-whiter teeth
-fresh breath
-less tooth sensitivity
-reduced headaches
– improved skin
– my day starts positively and energized.

The hardest part is the first 1-2 minutes. Coconut oil is not liquid at first so you have to kinda chew it to get it to liquefy. At first that made me gag but as soon as it switches to a liquid… You’re solid.
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Documenting the year 2 of 12

Our family commitment to taking more video continues//

I love this little family of mine and I know I’ll cherish these videos forever!

Xo!
S

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Oh hey Monday!

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Life is busy && time is flying by. My babies are growing up so quickly! Every morning I get them out of their cribs and I swear they’ve grown. It makes every morning a little bittersweet for me. It’s this crazy tension between extreme excitement to discover what I’ve missed while we were apart and sadness that they are bigger, smarter, && more independent than they were before they went to sleep.

I’m into schedules and routines with the kids but switching it up can be fun sometimes. Today we had an extra family day || thanks MLK || so we decided to take full advantage of the time. We packed a yummy picnic lunch, and headed to the fancy duck park to play! Being outside is one of my favorite things, getting my finger bit by a duck I was trying to feed is not. It was a great day though. Phinn did a bunch of scooter tricks, Lou was mad at me for holding her hand and keeping her from running into to pond, && everyone loved the baby turtles we spotted!

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Change it up sometimes, get out of the house, and make memories with the people you love!

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#holstromholiday

So if you follow me on Instagram you know that I was just in cabo for a week!
So let’s talk about it! Cabo is where it’s at! We had the most incredible time! 20131221-211431.jpg

Here’s why:
⇥ I hate flying and from Southern California the flight is a only two hours!
⇥ I’m traveling with two little kids with sleep schedules and the time change is only one hour!
⇥ Mexican food is heaven.
⇥ The weather was sunny perfection in December!
⇥ The resort was killer!!!!! If you’re looking for a gorgeous || kid friendly but in no way kid zone || resort to play && relax then Cabo Azul is the place to be!

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Okay now that that plug is outta the way… Just kidding no one paid me for that.

Anyways I come from a close family with a large extended family! We actually all like each other (mostly)! So when my parents/ siblings/ aunt and uncle/ && some cousins were all heading to Cabo for a week I was green with envy! I wanted to go with my little family desperately but my husband and I couldn’t see the way! Right when I had given up hope God showed up and blew me away! He totally made a way where we saw no way to go on this incredible vacation together! We had the best time just being together. We are such a busy family and for a whole week we just slowed down and relaxed. Multiple times we thought out loud- maaaan this is easier than being at home! I don’t know about you but often times I view vacation as a lot of work and I return home tired. This trip wasn’t like that. I feel filled up and refreshed. I feel thankful and blessed to have had such an incredible opportunity to make memories with my own family.

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When we first got there I was stunned by the beauty of the resort. It was perfect. I held my sweet boy in the infinity pool looking out to the ocean and I had tears in my eyes. I was overwhelmed with joy and pride in what we were able to provide for our children. My husband and I didn’t get passports until we were prepping for out honeymoon and now our babies both have them before either of them are even three! It was a pretty cool revelation! I am so excited to see the beauty all around the world with this family of mine!

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I really do believe the best is yet to come && that is dang exciting!

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thankfulness.

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These words have been the meditation of my heart for about a year now. I believe them so deeply, && yet it can be so tough to live in a state of thankfulness. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the “stuff”. It’s all garbage though. I’m mean not everything is trash but nothing is worth exchanging genuine gratitude for discontentment. We ought not sell ourselves so short.

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I am blessed. I am free. I am provided for. I am healthy. I am righteous. I’ve got the joy. I live in His peace. && I am filled up and overflowing with His love for He is f a i t h f u l ! !

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Well hello there!

 

I am so thrilled to be a part of this great collaboration! I asked Sarah if I could be included somehow in this wonderful blog because I believe in Mamas! I believe in fun, wonderful kids! And most of all I believe in encouraging others and building a community of strong, confident women who love their families and love God!

Every Wednesday I will be popping in to share a little bit of what’s on my heart. Wether it’s what God is teaching me, what I found at Trader Joes that I just HAD to share or maybe just to ramble on about how cute my son is. Cool right?

Let me back up a little bit, maybe I should introduce myself!

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My name is Katie Hunt. I am a native Southern Californian who now resides in Columbus Ohio with her dashing husband and hilarious 2 year old son. I have a deep love for a good iced coffee (unsweetened with cream, duh) an addiction to buying striped shirts ( they are like potato chips to me, one is never enough) , a heart for God, and a passion for my family. You can find me on Instagram @katielaurel and Pinterest

This Wednesday I will start with a really fun tradition that I am beginning with my boy!

Growing up in my house, on Christmas morning, there was always one large gift from Santa awaiting you by the fireplace. I love the idea that you get one big gift that you had your heart set on. I found these darling bags on ETSY and knew I wanted one for Ethan.

The idea that his gift will always be in or at least hiding under this giant sack was so fun to me.

I found the bag that I really wanted from Santa Bags and really loved everything about this store. They were fast and the bag is such great quality!

Lucky for you they are offering A Lion named Parker readers 10% off the purchase of their very own Santa Bag with the code SAVE10NOW ! But hurry… it’s only good through 11/27 !

So go forth.. make tradition! See you next Wednesday!!

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