A Few More Pretty Faces

by healthnutmama on November 8, 2011

We took a lot of pictures but here are my absolute favorites.  I used the Florabella Actions for PSE (that stands for Photoshop Elements).  Specifically the Luxe II set.  Click here to visit the Florabella Collection.

I have to say that finally purchasing some actions for PSE has made it less intimidating.  Once I started adjusting each layer in the presets it started to make sense to me.  I’m still a newbie at all this photography stuff, but we’re having fun and I’m capturing beautiful moments of my children.  I’m so thankful for cameras!


Sneak Peak….

by healthnutmama on November 7, 2011

I’m so excited to say that my wonderful mom got me one of the Florabella PSE action sets.  Click here to visit Florabella Collection.I’ve been spending a lot of time getting to know the actions and understanding how to tweak them accordingly.  Can’t wait to show you a few more pics as I get them edited…


Faces I Love

by healthnutmama on November 2, 2011

We had some fun out in the backyard yesterday and today.  I’ll post today’s pics soon.  I’m trying to get some good pics ready for the holidays.  I know grandparents love a good grandkid pic!




Autumn, Birthdays, and Friends

by healthnutmama on October 10, 2011

I love Fall!  I wish I could make it last longer but it goes by so quickly and I always feel like I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I wanted to.  But I won’t dwell on that because we are still in the beginning of Fall and I’m going to soak up as much as I can.  Visit The Inspired Room to check out lots of Fall goodness and tips.

Finn is one year old and I can’t believe it.  This year went by faster than any I’ve known yet.  Every evening while putting the kids to bed I’m baffled that it’s the end of another day…already.  Here are a few pics from the birthday get-together that we had at my parent’s house.  We had pizza in the wood fired oven and some all around coziness.










Some of you know Lacy and read her blog.  Her daughter, Anna, came to spend part of the day with us recently and here are some cute pictures!  Notice the best expressions ever.






Sometimes when I tell Nathan to smile, this comes out instead.  I don’t think he was grossed out by the girls.  Not yet anyway.






We did fun crafts like making bracelets and decorating a photo album.





The kids played well together and it always pleases me to see them having fun with other children.

Good day!


Back From the Grave

by healthnutmama on September 24, 2011

My site was recently hacked but I’m back!  And this is thanks to a friend who willingly fixed it. I’m so grateful to him for recovering all that I’ve written in the last two years.  Thanks Trey!  And also to Dad for getting it partially fixed but suggested I get more help so he didn’t delete anything we couldn’t get back.

It’s amazing how much you cherish something as “little” as a blog when it’s been taken away.  I know this isn’t a money making blog or even a heavily followed blog, but this is more for me.  I like to write and post pictures and just have this little documentary I guess.  It’s something that I worked hard on to get started so it means a lot to me.

More fun kid pics to come!


Hands and Feet

by healthnutmama on August 19, 2011


I just love me some baby/toddler hands and feet.


I love the way they look when the grab things.


And how they hold a crayon



Or stand tip toe to see the trains.





Somebody please notice the finger.


We still love tea parties with chocolate bunnies.


Stiff feet with a few spread toes while letting us know what he thinks about things.



Mmm, mmm, mmmm!


just in case anyone still checks in

by healthnutmama on July 30, 2011


There is so much I’ve wanted to blog about lately but I keep avoiding it.  I love reading blogs.  I like the idea of maintaining a regular blog but I think I get overwhelmed with all that goes into it like resizing my pics for the web, picking out the pictures, afraid of not being able to figure out how to do something.  So I just keep my stories and thoughts to myself and read your blogs!  =)  But here I am for my check-in.  Let’s see….

Finn is ten months old now!  He isn’t walking, but can crawl like a champ and go up and down our three steps with no problem.  He’s fun to watch.  He’ll be crawling and out of nowhere just plop his head down for a rest and starts sucking his two middle fingers.  Then he’s off again!

Nathan and Lucy will be 3 in October.  I won’t lie, things are challenging right now, but there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for my lot in life and for my little ones.

My current challenges with the kids are trying to find ways to deal with and correct the constant arguing.  They argue over toys and who has what and who had it first.  And I just can’t be there to catch everything.  We do have ownership rules around here but with mutual toys, I’ve started setting a timer for about 15 minutes at a time.  When it goes off, they hand the toy over to the next one.  I just started this a few days ago so let’s hope it really helps.

I am continually trying to renew my perspective when things get hard.  Like when I feel emotionally drained and as my friend Lacy once described, “touched out”.  Don’t get me wrong, I love all my hugs and kisses and snuggles, but I’m talking about on extra whiney days when little hands are constantly grabbing for me and tugging on me.  Some days I feel so defeated.

But I have a lot to be thankful for and remembering that is what helps me.  I have a helpful husband who willingly watches the kids a few times a week so I can go have coffee by myself or on weekends shop a little.  The perfect refreshment for my soul and I get back to my mothering with more zeal than before.

Challenges and hard days set aside, they are still at such a cute age and always surprising me with what they’ve learned and how they grow.  They sing their abc’s all the time and can identify all their letters.  And thanks to leap frog, they even know what sound each letter makes.  They say the cutest things ever and always keep us laughing.  =)

Let’s look at a few pictures to catch up, shall we?




This is my dear friend Liz’s little girl, Aubrey.












Feeding the fish at Noni and Grandpa’s house




We’ve been taking more family outings lately.  We like to go to Thomas Andrew’s and sit on the patio.  After dinner we walk down to the depot to see the old trains.



In other news…

I started a book club and am thoroughly enjoying it.  It’s everything I hoped it would be.  We meet every 3 weeks and get together and have great conversations and discussions over fine food and a glass of wine.  Michael Buble radio plays softly in the background (thank you Pandora) and everyone seems relaxed.

My friend Dana was recently in town and it was a treat to see her.  =)

I’m trying to expand my knitting skills.  I visited a knitting club twice now thanks to a good friend who is an excellent knitter.  She sits by me and corrects all my mistakes.

I’ve started taking Zumba classes at the YMCA and I’m in love.  However, don’t think I’m so bold as to go to the front.  I feel just fine in the back row.  I’m still a little stiff in my movements.

Check back in six months for more!  😉




by healthnutmama on March 9, 2011

I love watching them together.  Nathan really likes Finn and Finn seems to like Nathan.

It’s cute but it’s also serious.  Nathan will have a lot to teach Finn because Finn will always look up to Nathan.  So we have to teach Nathan to be a good leader and example.

I feel like we are off to a good start though because Josh is such a good daddy and is being the example to Nathan.  I’m so thankful.

Nathan making sure Finn is groomed

He’s not scratching Finn here.  He was trying to get something off his face, probably dried remains from his nose.  :/

All three of my loves.   The fourth is at work while I took this picture.


A Big Gross Bug

by healthnutmama on March 8, 2011

At least that’s what Lucy thinks.  Josh brought this little stuffed bumble bee home from drill for Lucy.  He wrapped it and gave it to her at Christmas.

She won’t touch it except by its antennas or wings.

From the get go she thought that thing was weird.  She kept it in the wrapper all of Christmas morning.  I think Nathan was the one who finally freed him of the paper cocoon.

She is also the type to get a shiver through her whole body if she touches a fuzz ball or anything remotely resembling that.  If it’s furry/fuzzy and small she can’t stand it.

I think it’s so funny.

Nathan, on the other hand, will pick up any bug he sees and he also likes to tease Lucy with this bumble bee.  She laughs though, or else we wouldn’t let him tease.

I guess that bee is kinda gross looking.


My Magic Timer

by healthnutmama on February 18, 2011

ikea timer

This is where the magic happens.  I set the time for a designated amount of time, in this case 25 minutes, and somehow my house magically goes from this

to this.

And from this

to this.

And from this

to this.


No joke.  This was no more than 25 minutes of cleaning.  AND I had time to wipe off the countertops and vacuum the rug in the den.  I don’t move so fast that I tear any muscles or bruise my chins.  I just move swiftly and steadily.  The house doesn’t get cleaned from top to bottom, but it gets tidy and that’s good enough for me.

Please note, that 25 minutes was for the living area (den, living room, dining room and kitchen).  I would have to set the timer for another 15 minutes for my bedroom and the kids’ rooms.

Most days I set for a maximum of 15-20 minutes but this was an extra large mess and I knew I needed a few more minutes on the timer.

This has become my preferred method of motivation.

My mom got me this ikea timer for Christmas and it sits there on my window sill most of the time.  I do this either every day or every other day and it’s just great.

ikea timer

I know it’s all in my head and I could clean the house without a timer, but I just don’t move as quickly.  There is something about having a timer that puts a fire under my feet and gets me moving.  And it’s nice, because once the timer goes off, I quit.  I finish the task I’m currently doing and call it quits.  I make myself a cupa tea and plunge myself on the couch to relax for the remainder of the kids’ nap time.

You should try it!

red carnations


Den And Kitchen Reveal

February 9, 2011

Alright, these are the before pictures that I could find when Josh first started working on the ceiling.  He put up tongue and groove.  I was going to paint them but I think I like them natural now. Below is the before pic of the big wall we opened up. And this is the new […]

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Sneak Peak

February 7, 2011

Hey, just checking in!  It’s been a looong time since my last post so here’s a quick update.  We’ve been renovating the den.  It was a garage that was partially converted when we moved in but we finished the job.  It has been a lot of work and I have spent most of my free […]

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A Day In My Life

November 22, 2010

I couldn’t think of another way to quickly get all these pictures on here without inserting each individual one.  Doing that takes forever, so you get to see my day at a glance so to speak.  My friend Lacy had the marvelous idea of doing a post showing a typical day in our lives and […]

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Goat Milk Formula

October 27, 2010

Here is the promised recipe.  I am just posting a link to Carrie’s page at Organic and Thrifty.  She adapted this from the Nourishing Traditions recipe. Read the comments and browse her website; it’s so informational and helpful. Finn has been on this formula now for about 3 weeks.  So far so good!  He hasn’t […]

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Welcome to the World, Finn

October 13, 2010

William Finnigan was born September 26th, 2010.  He weighed in at 7lbs, 12oz.  He has the sweetest countenance and I’m in love.  So are Nathan and Lucy and, of course, Daddy.  Lucy was so excited at the hospital when she met Finn.  Nathan didn’t know what to think, but as soon as we came home […]

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I love them…just because

October 6, 2010

Two days before I had Finn Josh and I had a morning to just drive around together, just the two of us.  We were listening to a Ryan Long CD and I heard one of his songs for the first time.  I probably would have thought the style of the song was cheesy if I […]

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Tea Party

September 23, 2010

Cousins Our good friend Judy hosted a tea party yesterday! It was a time for the mommy’s and their kids to dress up a little and come enjoy some tea and a light lunch. The girls all looked so pretty and the boys still looked like boys…ready to be rough and get dirty. As usual, […]

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My First Tincture

September 13, 2010

I made my first tincture today!  I have wanted to do this for a long time and I finally got around to it.  I have a small mental list of more tinctures to make as soon as my herbs get here. A tincture is just an alcohol-based derivative of some herb, berry, or plant, and […]

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How To Make Elderberry Syrup or Juice

September 10, 2010

I know it’s been a long time coming, but I am finally following up on how I made my elderberry syrup.  Here is my post on the benefits of elderberries.  I would write step by step instructions, but this video tutorial is what I used and my syrup and it turned out great.  You can […]

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End of Summer

September 8, 2010

I am three weeks away from my due date of September 30th!  I’m really really hoping to go early though.  And I’m trying all that stuff that people do to try to go early.  I had 2 good months of energy and pleasantness during this pregnancy, probably from about week 18 through week 28ish, give […]

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