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March 24, 2017

OH HEY, FRIDAY! | MONDAY MAMAS + SNEAKING CANDY


hey look! we really do have a new button. yay! no more tacky kissy-kissy. i felt like it was killing my vibe. my blogging vibe...

anyway...

this week i took sawyer and kaye to their very first swimming lessons...ever. and talk about cuteness overload. i wish i had pictures, but sawyer's class is a parent-tot class so i actually have to be in the water. lame.

but let me tell you - classes where you just get to watch (like gymnastics)...way better. i'm that dumb mom with the ear to ear grin thinking to myself - did you see how much better my kid was than your kid?!

remember when i wrote about how competitive i am a few weeks ago? yeah - that has most DEFINITELY transferred over to being competitive for my children. it's a problem, but i don't think it's fixable.

but one thing i'm not competitive about is oh hey, friday! - mostly because i haven't figured out how to turn it into a competition. but anyway...

1 | grab this here snazzy kissy-themed button and link back to Sept. Farm.
2 | link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3 | tell all your friends + have a fantastic friday.


1. MONDAY MAMAS!
you guys...did you see my post from monday? oh mercy...i'm absolutely loving this and i've only done one feature. 
here's what it is - basically i've been reaching out to some different stay-at-home / work-from-home moms (who are in the same boat as me). they are balancing their family duties (kids, laundry, cleaning, meals, etc.) at the same time as starting their own business!
the first monday mama feature was all about maegan from the modern tulip who also runs mimi's creamery. if you want to go have a look - you totally should! maegen is a doll and her business is delicious! 
also - if you know of someone (or you are someone) who would be a good fit for a monday mama feature, please E-MAIL me your interest!
2. new office



oh mercy, friends. i need an office space. i've been holding off on doing this mostly because we need to build a garage so i can move the furniture that's in our future office. either that, or sell it. ha. in the meantime, i really just want a small spot where i can get some of my sh*t organized, not to mention things like baby books, important family documents, appliance manuals, warranties for those appliances...you know. things you have to keep but you don't want to keep but definitely need put somewhere so when you really do need them...you can grab them. guh. and then all my work stuff and blah blah blah. 
all this to say...what do you think? everything is from cb2, so it's not super expensive, it's simple, i think it'll get the job done...without taking up too much space. hmmm...i'm so bad at this stuff.
3.  sneaky sneaky
you may have seen on instagram a few days ago a little story about kaye being sneaky.

so...here's how that went down. on the farm our acreage spreads out over...several square miles or something like that. we have a blanket in the very back of my sequoia and when we are driving around on our farm roads looking for tractors or our farmer or just whatever the girls are welcome to roam about.

well...a few days ago sawyer was just sitting in her seat, but kaye was being awfully quiet. i called back to her, "what are you doing back there?" because i couldn't see her. and she sat up and said, "i'm just laying down on the blanket."

a few minutes later we parked, got out, and started kicking a ball around. naturally i wanted to snag a picture of kaye holding the pink ball in her pink boots. well, after snapping those pictures i showed them to kaye and noticed chocolate on her breath. it was then that i asked her, "where did you get chocolate?"

she was FLOORED that i knew she had been eating chocolate. she found a random bag of m&m's in the back of the car and was sneakily eating them when she was "laying down" on the blanket.

now, i don't love that she was eating chocolate before lunch...but what i REALLY don't love is that she was being sneaky. not cool. it's like a gateway to bigger and bigger lies. i'm going to need to pull out some super-mom parenting / ninja / jedi mind-tricks to somehow help her realize it's okay to eat chocolate, it's okay if i say no she can't have any chocolate, but it's not okay to be sneaky...please please please don't be sneaky.

4. obligatory sister picture
you know...because they are playing together in front of a green field and they look so darn cute.
5. outlander

i know i've talked about this way way too much, but come on. so...they outlander series itself has eight books. and each book is insanely long. but...after some intense dedication...i've finished all of them. and now i'm depressed about it. like...really torn up. the good news...the author is writing a ninth book. the bad news...it won't be out until late 2017 - i'm speculating. 

so...in the meantime...if anyone has some seriously good books to recommend please send them my way!

happiest weekend! i hope you all have all sorts of wonderful plans! (or maybe just a lot of relaxing!)

link up, ya hear?

March 20, 2017

MONDAY MAMA | MAEGEN of MIMI'S COOKIES & CREAMERY


i have some exciting news to share this morning!

and by exciting i mean...fun. supportive. encouraging. all the warm fuzzies.

it all started a few months ago when i was thinking of myself as a small (small small small) business owner. i've been stretching myself, but at the same time, loving it.

i was looking at other instagram accounts and online shops and i just kept thinking - how in the hell are these ladies doing it? they are moms. they are running businesses. and they actually appear to be getting dressed every day (something i've been struggling with).

meanwhile - here i am telling my two best gals, "mommy's working for just a few more minutes!.........." in yoga pants with unbrushed teeth...and hair. unbrushed teeth and hair. hello time management - i clearly missed this lesson in college.

it got me thinking - i would so love to talk with other women in my shoes. i need to pick some brains. get some ideas. learrrrrrn from these gals!

and then i though - hello! i write a blog. i could learn from these gals AND feature their businesses on my blog. that's a win / win all over the place, am-i-right? i'm right.

so today i'm so excited to share with you maegen of the modern tulip. but...not only does she write a wonderful blog, last year she and her husband teamed up to start their own business...i'll let her share the story...

maegen says - 

Girl I think you are rocking life to say the least! This mommin' gig and business owner gig ain't for the weary I can admit that much. Sometimes I get myself totally together and head out the door and it's 2pm before I've realized I've forgotten to brush me teeth. So I hope that puts it into some perspective for you.

I do NOT have my sh*t together. And when I envy those I think who do - I remember they are probably on the struggle bus in the same way! (karli says - preach it!)

Mimi's Cookies & Creamery is our sweet little new baby on top of the other two real life babies

KARLI | where did your idea for your small business come from?

MAEGEN | My mother-in-law (aka Mimi to the grandkids) is known for her famous chocolate chip cookie. And if she knows people are coming over she whips up a batch so that when you walk in the door they are coming out fresh and warm from the oven. Oh my soul - talk about divine! We've always joked she should have a milk and cookies truck and share her famous, delicious cookies with the world. My husband scours craiglists and other trade/sell websites for old cars. (karli says - is this a guy thing? my farmer does the exact same thing.) He stumbled upon the 1957 Grumman Oleson truck and instantly thought, "this would be perfect for the cookie truck!". It started as a joke and before we knew it Mimi's Cookies N' Creamery was born and 4 months later we had the LLC in hand, truck renovated and we were making our first batch of cookies and ordering in ice cream to share with our community. It was a whirlwind!

KARLI | who is your biggest support?

My husband and I run this business together so we support one another majorly, but my mother-in-law is our biggest support. She's always willing to watch the kids so that we can get something done or she helps bake cookies if we get majorly busy. She's proud to be the Mimi behind the truck and it definitely brings her joy to see how successful it's been!

KARLI | any valuable lessons learned?

MAEGEN | Delegation. I'm one of those people who wants it done a certain way and I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who knows how to accomplish that. Cue the eye roll! It puts so much pressure on me and when I can't come through (because I can't do all things) I get frustrated with myself. I'm learning to delegate tasks to my husband and our employees. It's been a big blessing because not only does it take some pressure off me, but they have great ideas and come up with things I would have never thought of myself. Win, win!

KARLI | what would you say to someone who wants to start their own small business?

MAEGEN | Success doesn't happen over night. It takes a lot of dreaming, planning, scribbling and scratching out.

KARLI | how do you balance your business and your kids?

MAEGEN | I think I'll always be trying to find balance because my kids schedules are ever changing as well as my business priorities. I do my best to work before they wake up, during nap time or after they go to bed. I just try not to do it every single day because otherwise I get burnt out. So one day I might take a nap while they nap or do housework, read, paint my nails instead. And I'll plan to work that morning or night to make up for it. Maybe the next day I'll work through nap time and I won't do an ounce of work after they go to bed and I'll instead spend time snuggling my husband while watching Netflix. I've learned balance won't always look the same day to day.

KARLI | future plans for Mimi's?

MAEGEN | We want to have a lot more Mimi's trucks in the surrounding areas and then maybe one day (wayyyyy down the road) all across the US. The key is to keep dreaming big dreams!

KARLI | do you work outside the home for someone else in some capacity?

MAEGEN | I do not work outside the home. Just mama/blogger/business owner

KARLI | where do you see Mimi's in one and five years?

MAEGEN | In 1 and 5 years I see us having a few more trucks and possibly a brick and mortar here in Johnson City, TN.
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oh mercy! did everyone else love reading about maegen's mimi's as much as i did? i mean...that's rock star status. can you even imagine being her kids (when they get a bit older)? they'll be going to school saying...yeah...my mom and dad have an ice cream truck. NBD.

my girls will go to school and say...yesterday i picked up some feed corn out of a field.

it doesn't have quiiiiite the same umph. ya know?

but ice cream - ice cream is the love language of all ages. TRUTH.

so, if you just happen to be in the johnson city, tennessee area and need to book a truck...i hear Mimi's is super, extra yummy! or, we can support this working mama in other ways! visit her...


and hey! are you a mama or know of a mama who wants to be featured on Sept. Farm for the Monday Mama series? i'd absolutely love that. the only criteria is that you have to be a mama AND have started your own business...you know, so you can share your wealth of knowledge on how you're keeping your sh*t together while simultaneously tending your children throughout the day AND working. hello power-multi-tasker. just send me an e-mail at karli@sept-farm.com.
March 17, 2017

OH HEY, FRIDAY! | BACK WHEN I USED TO DO SHOTS


last week i briefly complained about needing to stop trying to write blog posts in the mornings before the girls get up because it just wasn't working. well...all week i didn't do that...except for today! it's thursday and i'm actually getting this business started.

AND - new button...because i can't stand to look at that pink and red any longer. so grab the new button, link up, think warm weather thoughts (it's 70ยบ+ here today) and happy weekend!

(and in the mean time i'll be trying to figure out how to block carrie underwood from my pandora because, good lord, her voice is like nails on a chalkboard.)

1 | grab this here snazzy kissy-themed button and link back to Sept. Farm.
2 | link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3 | tell all your friends + have a fantastic friday.

CURRENTLY

1. little branding projects

so...above and beyond the work i'm doing for other people...i also decided i'm ready to update my farmer's branding for our farm. he's going to need new t-shirt's made and business cards and and...envelopes and all the things. so...i whipped up a few logos for him. of course, i decided i don't like any of them and he actually likes the one i like the least. we're kind of a perfect match.
if you could vote for your favorite farm logo...that would be awesome.
2. sneak peak
ummm...so amy...the gal that i team up with each week to do this little link up...did you know she's a killer photographer? well...she's taken it one step further and has turned her boys into little models...and then basically a brand photographer / styled shoot photographer. after seeing her work i was like - girl...you're really good at this. just go check out her stop-motion photography videos she does over on instagram from some of these companies. they are just the cutest. 
so then i managed to talk her into letting me design a little logo for her - and because she's a good friend, she agreed. thanks amy!
3. irish car-bombs...the good kind
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in the spirit of st. patrick's day...did you know - in my wilder days i used to do these drinks at the bar called irish car bombs? they are drop in shots - you know the kind where you have a beverage in a large cup and then drop a shot into it and then chug it? yeah...i used to do those. 
an irish car bomb is a glass of guinness and then you drop a shot of jameson and baileys into that glass of guinness and chug it. and before you gag - it's actually really yummy. at least i used to think it was yummy. that drink got me into all sorts of trouble back in the day. and by trouble i mean dancing on stage with an irish band kind of trouble...and maybe a few things i don't even remember. 
needless to say - i don't do shots any longer. that's a pretty firm rule.
4. potty training
we're in the thick of it. sawyer is nearly two and a half and i'm ready to get this ship sailing. the diaper ship...that is. she's about 50 / 50 right now...which is really bad. don't even get me started about when we visited amy and her boys earlier this week. okay...i'll tell you. somehow she managed to poo, basically, all over their playset. on the ladder. on the slide. on herself. it was horrific. 
but...we're going to stick with it. she's totally ready and will go when i sit her down...she just needs to learn to tell me when she needs to go. for some reason that concept isn't clicking with her...?
5. purchased...

last week when i was at the home d. picking up something for my farmer i randomly spotted a much sought after fiddle fig leaf. they are just the cutest little plants and i've wanted one for a long time. this one at home depot happened to be only $20 so i snagged it. so naturally...i needed a new pot for it. i've been eyeballing this one for a long long time and i finally bit the bullet. of course it's on back order, but once it's here i can't wait for my new little plant to live in the corner by our tv.

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