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October Goals

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“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

I always love this quote, and I looove October. And today really does feel like October. (maybe, finally, it will be fall?) Our falls are so confusing in North Carolina – 90s one day, 50s the next, but I’ll take every single ounce of fall I can get. Things I’m excited about for fall – leaf piles (we have a huge favorite one we visit every year) apple picking (well, we already did this, because close to Raleigh, you have to pick early) pumpkin everything, cool enough days to walk, Hill Ridge Farms, the list goes on and on!

Goals for October

1.If you follow me on facebook, you may have heard about the great Keller decluttering of 2017. It has been a lot of work, and oh so time consuming, but I really love my downstairs so much more. We are still working on the upstairs, because it takes so much time, and can be exhausting sometimes! I do not have this super organized brain so it really drains me sometimes. For this month, I really want to finish Owen’s room’s closet + our bonus room closet. And also the random piles of stuff around the house to either take to goodwill/sell/etc. I have had great success with porch pick up on facebook + it was the greatest invention ever.

2.I love the idea of this challenge for fall. I may turn on my diffuser instead of a candle, though:)I can have a hard time resting sometimes, but it’s so needed.

3.Go see a few more houses on the Parade of Homes. I love going to see the Parade of Homes, and Michael and I got to spend a little over an hour at a few houses this weekend (but I want to go see more homes! There’s a few more weekends) This house was pretty amazing to see – loved the boat lift in the closet.

4.Take the kids to Hill Ridge Farms. Oh my, do they love this place!

5.Plan last minute details for our trip to Williamsburg. (If you have any tips for Williamsburg, please let me know!) I have been reading alot about Williamsburg, but still don’t feel like I am super prepared. Owen absolutely LOVES history, so I know he will love it. Harrison pretty much loves just being with is brother and so I know he’ll have a great time.

6.Carve pumpkins

7.Make apple cider from Tin Roof Teas. 

 

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August Goals

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July 4th at Holden Beach

All I can say about August is I want to soak up the last few days of summer. I say few because Owen starts school so so early. I will admit, though, he gets a few long breaks during the year, and it’s nice to have the option of taking a trip in the fall/spring.

1. Work on Bible Journaling for Owen (See What I Learned in July)

2. Eat our last Beaches-n-Cream of the summer. (Hoping they have red velvet or krispy kreme next week!)

3. There are a few projects I’d like to start, but I’m not overly optimistic it will happen, because SUMMER is almost over.

4. Paint with the boys

5. Fly a kite at the beach.

6. Make S’mores (with bacon!)

7. Sign the boys up for fall sports.

8. I’ve really enjoyed reading historical fiction about NYC – so add to my ever growing list + conquer. (I just finished this one – it was actually non fiction, and so fascinating!)

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July Favorites

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There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Northing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons. -Stephen Chbosky.

    We just finished our Coastal Minis and had to finish our week at the beach with ice cream from Beaches-n-Cream, because they are the best. If you follow me, then you know I’m super strict about how much sugar I eat..but I can’t go to the beach without my ice cream. Their flavors are amazing, and I definitely try to get Krispy Kreme or Red Velvet Cheesecake while I’m there. (Red velvet is an absolute favorite of mine and then add in cheesecake..oh my, love.) On that note, I did hear that the Cheesecake Factory is having 1/2 price cheesecake at the end of the month if anyone else is a fan of their red velvet cheesecake. (National Cheesecake Day is July 30th) And now I’m not thinking about sugar and desserts or anything, ha!

Favorites in July

1.Peaches. Am I the only one that thinks Peaches are the best part of summer? My fridge is overflowing, and I just can’t eat enough of them. And the white ones, so so yum! The white peaches are just so sweet. I don’t need cobbler or extra sugar, etc, just give me the fruit!

2.Lazy 5 Ranch. We headed to the grandparents which aren’t too far from Lazy 5 ranch, and we headed out there to see all the animals. So my car is approaching 200,000 miles and is still cruising, but Michael’s car is a lot newer. Plus, the kids don’t ride in his as much so it’s always super clean. Driving his car probably wasn’t the best idea because the Watusi  (the largest horned cattle breed in the world) came like millimeters from his car with their huge horns. You can of course roll down the windows and feed the animals. The kids were more content to look at all the animals, but definitely rolled down the window and fed the Llamas. (because you know, we are big Llama Llama Red Pajamafans) and this version, too! ha! And we had just fed Llamas a week before at my sweet friend’s farm, so they have been quite attached to llamas lately. Lazy 5 Ranch is huge. I mean, it’s pretty much amazing how huge it is. You definitely have to block out a lot of time to go through it. (And you may get someone in front of you that stos at every single animal so could take longer. It’s just miles and miles of animals) fIt’s really beautiful, and there are a ton of animals. You have to watch out for the Zebras – they warn you a few times + there are several signs not to feed or pet them. (You can see all of the animals they have on their website here) You are not allowed to bring your pets + the ranch only takes cash so come prepared. It started raining during the last part of our ride through but we had seen so much at that point, it wasn’t a big deal, and the animals were acting like nothing was even going on. (Still coming up to cars to eat..a little rain wasn’t going to bother them!) It was really neat to see all the trees and the tree roots. It’s so easy to forget the huge roots that are under the ground, and Owen enjoyed seeing all of the roots. The giraffes were in a fenced in area with a barn, and it was fun to see them! There was a lot of cattle, cows, deers, and pigs everywhere. What a fun afternoon at the ranch.

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3. Speaking of Llamas…bottle feeding the baby lambs + also getting to feed the Llamas was such a treat for my boys. We’ve never gotten to bottle feed little lambs, the sweetest.

4.Electronic Battleship and Clue. We had a blast playing both of these at the beach July 4th, and so we came home and bought Electronic Battleship . The best part of it? You can play all by yourself against the computer, so it’s been very entertaining for Owen.

5.Southern Sugar Bakery. I just realized I hadn’t put them on the blog as a favorite before – if you need cookies, these girls are amazing. I recently bought some super cute keys/front door cookies for my new neighbor!

6.There is a steamer basketfor the Instant Pot . You know I’m a huge fan of the instapot and nom nom paleo is my favorite place for recipes. (Oh, and she has has a new book you can preorder.)

7.Bijou Southern – super cute stuff!

8.Magic tree house at the UNC Planetarium. Owen is in love with everything chapter books right now, and you know how hard it is to get Magic Tree House books at the library. He loves theIncreible Fact Book, and also that you can get the matching fictionand Nonfictionbooks. We have to request them or just see what three books they have on the shelf when we are there, ha! The Planetarium show truly was magical + the boys just loved it. It was thirty minutes long, and just perfect. They also did a ten minute show after to talk about what constellations you can see in the Chapel Hill sky. I don’t know if my boys could sit through another show after that. The history of the Planetarium is really neat, and they’ve actually trained astronauts there.

9.Having lots and lots of books everywhere. We go to the library, like all the time. I have this seriously long hold list and we are always getting notifications a book is ready. Sometimes Owen reads three chapter books a day. Thank you, library for the endless amounts of free books.

10.On that note, Audiobooks. My kids have really been into audiobooks lately. Owen is currently listening to Wonderand next on his list is My Father’s Dragon.

11. Sheet pan dinners. Why are these just showing up in my newsfeed? Anyone have any favorite recipes? I have been known to be addicted to roasting brussel sprouts seven days a week but I didn’t even think about a whole meal in a pan. I just don’t have enough of my brain to think of all the possibilities because this.

12. The size of this bookwas daunting, and it took me an entire week to read it. (I know you’re thinking thats not a long time, but I just read realllly fast. I was one of those kids teachers always told to slow down) I really enjoyed learning a lot about the history of New York. Super interesting book, I’ll definitely have to read more of his books!

13. Two things I have seen at newborn sessions that are awesome for new moms – the Boppy newborn lounger+ the Kiinde Storage and Bottles . Realllly great baby gear.

14. I finally finished 13 Reasons because I need netflix for editing. It just helps so much when I’m sitting sitting sitting at the computer forever. It was very interesting and such a reminder of how cruel high school can be…but now I’m at a loss as to what to watch next. Suggestions, PLEASE!

15. Loved this article so much. A good reason to limit my screen time for my kiddos so they can have more days making fake F.B.I. cards and sketching.

17. Do we have Laughter yoga in Raleigh? This looks like so much fun. Fake laughing totally makes me crack up.

18. SmartyPants Kids Vitamins. Love that they have B12, D3 and fish oil. This is not your normal run of the mill kids vitamin.

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July Goals

July does stress me out a little because it’s like saying, one whole month of summer is done and before you know it, school will be back. We have been trying to soak up as much summer as we can, amidst working and editing, etc. We are starting out the first week of July at the beach which of course, screams summer! One other summer adventure we went on was to Go Ape at Blu Jay Point. If you read my post yesterday, you’d know Owen has been loving ropes courses. Go Ape is great because it’s in the trees, it’s cool, the instructors are very helpful, and I didn’t feel like it was crazy high up in the air. We made reservations over the phone because it didn’t give me the option not to pay as an adult on their website. (If you observe from the ground, you don’t have to pay) Harrison said absolutely not was he doing it, so he hung out with me. (He could have done it if I did it with him) The boys had so much fun, working on all the challenges and going on the zipline and were just nonstop the whole time. And the image I got when Owen stopped to smile at me, be still my Mama heart. I had him wear a hat (because, ticks) and put on lots of sunscreen. You have to wear closed toes shoes, and of course, we all brought our water bottles. It was really fun – Owen loved it so much + we will definitely be back.

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July Goals

  1. Plan out what I want to do with the kids the rest of summer since it’s 1/2 way through.
  2. Finish planning NJ/NYC trip with a friend. Read historical fiction books about NY.
  3. Eat cookie dough here while in NYC.
  4. Take the kids to the Tobacco Campus for an evening picnic
  5. Take the kids to Beaches-n-Cream for some Krispy Kreme Ice Cream
  6. Check out the ropes course at the Shallotte Swamp Park.

A Few Favorites from May

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Harrison’s first swim – throwback to 2014. He is absolutely thrilled.

So excited that it is now summer! Having both of my boys around makes me so so happy. And they are happy and content to entertain each other and play together which is an added bonus. Harrison is still not a big fan of water. At the beach Memorial Day weekend, he thought it was hilarious if me + him ran to the water, put our toes in, and nothing else. Anything more than that we would reach panic level. The first step of the pool with his puddle jumper + his boat is his happy place. I was totally this kid (can fear of water be genetic?) so I can relate to his feelings when it comes to water. My earliest memories of the beach jumping in the waves with my Grandma Dot (yes, her name was Dorothy, nickname Dot. love her name) and my great aunt Peggy, I was just terrified but I managed to do it. I remember both of them wearing t shirts so I could wipe the salt water out of my eyes when the waves hit me. I’m sure my mom can verify that I spent a lot of my younger years screaming when it came to water. (We flew to Florida one year and I screamed when the plane went over water. My mom said I also went into full panic screaming on It’s a Small World) Most kids probably have memories of swim lessons right. I have so many memories of swim lessons because I probably had them every year until I was 12 or 13. Ok, maybe not that old, but it took me a long time to swim..and I grew up with a pool in the backyard. All this to say, I can relate to little H man and his fear of the water, and I know one day eventually he will learn to swim. I have thought about trying this place for him, because wow, their facebook feed is just amazing of all these little ones swimming but we would have to get him in the water first!

A few of my favorites lately:

Scrub Daddy /Scrub Mommy. These were Shark Tank’s biggest success (see here) And man, I can see why because I loooooooovvveee these. You can even put them in the dishwasher – not even kidding.

Sassool I am their number one fan. I am sure when they see me, they are like again? I didn’t feel so bad after I read some yelp reviews that said they eat there every single day. ha! The best part is you can buy extra in plastic containers and eat the next day. I might do this. alot. My favorites right now are the roasted veggies, the mediterranean chicken salad (SO YUM) and the sweet potato salad. (I am not a raisin fan so I just move those to the side) The hummus is also so yum. You can also order using the EAT24 Yelp app to order ahead which I do a lot because if I’m going to be there right in the middle of lunch/dinner time, it’s better than waiting in line since all of Raleigh is also there.They also have a discount plan – with every 100.00 I think, you get 10.00 off. They also open at 10 AM, FYI. yes I HAVE BEEN THERE that early.hahahahahahahahahaha.

My other favorite meals lately.

  • City Barbeque. This place is awesome + so allergy friendly. It also helps that is is super close to our house. (In the Sprouts shopping center that does not have enough parking. Another place that even if you are eating in, just order on the app during busy time. You will get your food faster than waiting in line -ha!)
  • Smashburger. Have you tried the veggie frites? Seriously so yum. I like to get a lettuce wrapped burger with avocado + mustard.

Summer Rules. I found some fun summer rules + changed them a little bit, but Owen has actually loved them. (He finished school last week) A list of ideas of things for him to do before he can have any technology time. (Read a book to his brother, play make believe, thank Jesus for something) There are lots of fun lists on Pinterest.Which reminds me, we need to head to the library today (another fave) to stock up on books for him. With more free time, he is reading, reading, reading. His current faves are Magic Bone, Captain Underpants, (seeing the movie tomorrow- anyone seen it? What did you think) The Unofficial Minecrafters Academy Series , and he just read all of the Big Nate books  and loved those. I feel like finding books boys are interested in can be a little bit trickier…and of course they have to be about silly things like underpants – ha!

Sunscreen. Ok this is such a tricky one. With my boys’ eczema (Owen’s is worse than Harrison’s) sunscreen is the number one trigger for them so I am always a little apprehensive trying new sunscreen… this  worked awesome for them at the beach last week. If anyone else’s little ones has this problem with sunscreen and has tried anything else, please let me know. I also, love, love, love, this sunscreen stick– so much easier and quick for the face, especially with baseball season. (How have I missed these for so long!!)

I just finished reading A Long Way Home, and I sobbed so much. Loved this story + then I had to watch the movie (you can watch on Amazon Prime) afterwards. movie  is great, but the book added so much. Best part of the movie is seeing the mothers meet in the end. More tears and more tears.

Sally Clarkson podcast. I have a little speaker I carry around the house – ha, and turn on when I’m folding laundry or doing the dishes. I looooove listening to Sally Clarkson – so encouraging for Mamas  + her books are great, too.

Teach Me Store. They have so many fun educational summer activities for kids.

Still one of my absolute favorites is my Kindle . I thought it officially died on me the other day and I was so bummed. I love being able to download and read whatever whenever. I have the cheaper one “with offers” which basically means they put an ad on the home screen – doesn’t bother me at all.

Baseball. It has been baseball season around here, and we were lucky to find a league where the boys could play one right after the other. This was Harrison’s first sport, and he was the one that asked to play. Both of them really loved it, and they were the cutest little baseball players EVA. Sunset slush + 90 degrees every week! Having a chair like this onewas a must!

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Strawberry Margarita Nail Polish. I have been loving this color for weeks. I totally google nail trends when I’m picking out nail polish and I really couldn’t go with the pale colors.

Harrison’s favorites right now can pretty much be summed up by Lightning McQueen (he carries this duplo  version everywhere…I have to remember to have him leave it in the car when we go places so he doesn’t lose it.) and his first love of Thomas. His current favorite books are If You Give a Dog a Donut+ Goodnight Baseball. (both baseball books)

It’s a rainy day around here – time for some editing + getting work done! It’s about to get real busy around here with Owen’s birthday around the corner + this year we are celebrating Harrison’s 1/2 birthday. (finally a party for our Christmas birthday! And Cars3 movie for a win!)

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Just for fun..

A session around this time last year – Oh my, that dreamy nursery + her sweet puppies.

A session two years ago – the cuteness of these sweet sisters at the Rose Garden!

Photo below from our Mommy + Me Minis this month styled by Little Apple Styles. I have just started blogging them but you can see more here.

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Rebecca Keller is a Raleigh Newborn Photographer featured on several blogs including The Bump and Let the Kids Dress Themselves. Because we chat a lot about our personal lives on the blog, we may receive commissions on affiliate links in articles.