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September 23, 2016

OH HEY, FRIDAY! | PUMPKINS + SCREAMING + BIRTHDAYS


here we are. nearly two weeks out from a broken elbow and one day into fall.

ahhhh. glorious fall. can we all just breathe in flannel and scarves and boots and warm beverages and soup season.

the very best season of all - soup season.

riddle me this - is there a place in the world where it's fall all year long?

take me to there.

but before i go to the glorious place of boots and crisp air...

1 | grab this here snazzy fall-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.


my five - 
1 | illustrations

i've discovered my new favorite hobby since i can't really work out. simple illustrations in illustrator! seriously...so easy and i'm so pleased with myself when i finish one. i am totally going to start adding these little illustrations to my cards / invitations over at wink & ink. i'll be starting with those donuts. because...donut parties - so hot right now.

2 | speaking of design...

i'm working with a gal right now on a little rebrand. her custom dessert business is really taking off and she's as busy as ever...so now we're going to get her branding materials looking as delicious as her desserts!
we're in the middle of her branding process and there are a few edits to be made...but i couldn't help but share how it's turning out. i'm in love.

i'm also in love with all her cookies. friends...if you're in texas and you need an order of custom cookies...she's your gal! you can find her on facebook and instagram!

3 | garden

i don't know what it is about picking goodies from my own garden...but i get a huge thrill out of it. these sweet little pumpkins were the latest treasures. i only planted little mini pumpkins this season and plucked these five. there are about five more still on the vine...i'm not sure if they'll make it to anything worthwhile...especially since the weather has been super nasty. we'll see.

however...next year. next year i expressed to my farmer that i wanted to do a large pumpkin patch and he fully obliged. i thought it would be super fun to plants all types - large, small, orange, white, green...all of them. then, we can have neighbors and friends over to pick them and take them home. i mean...we have the space for it. we may as well.

4 | birthday celebration

i'm officially 33. 33...a very special year. the year your have a broken elbow. speaking of broken elbow...did you know you can't put your hair in a ponytail with a broken elbow? you also have to open all jars or anything with a lid by placing it between your knees and twisting with your good hand. i also learned you can chop things with one hand - onion, apple, celery. you can sweep the floor by placing the handle against your neck and using it as leverage. then you pull with the other hand.

you guys - having a broke elbow is absolutely ridiculous.

but what's not ridiculous is having a birthday celebration...with good friends...and chocolate cake.

5 | these turkeys

oh. my. mercy. what am i even going to do with these hams. they can be the best and just the worst all in a mater of moments. and lately...kaye's base-volume level is nothing short of loud and shrill. she's a shouter...except she doesn't know she's shouting until i tell her to bring it down a few levels. 

and sawyer - sawyer has every intention of making me feel like the worst mother before her second birthday. not only does she rarely let me hold her, but she's continued down the path of screaming at me when i look at her. 

the fact that i'm changing her clothing and diapers one handed isn't helping matters. i'm preeeetttttty sure she thinks i'm an idiot. just use the other hand...mom.
but then you snag a moment like this and everything gets erased. clean slate...until she screams at me again. daddy's girl...110%.
happiest of friday's friends!
September 20, 2016

5 TIPS I DO EVERY DAY TO LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

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It’s no secret here at Sept. Farm - I’m kind of a little enthusiastic about running, working out, and generally living a healthy lifestyle. Truly, this is because I also looooove to eat really delicious desserts and drink really delightful cocktails. Basically, I have to keep my fitness and meals in check if I want to keep my wardrobe. 

But on a more serious note...my healthy lifestyle stems from a not so healthy lifestyle I lived not so long ago. Enter me - in college - 20 pounds heavier. 

I was an athlete in high school...or at least I participated on athletic teams. This meant I was active all year long and didn’t really have to think about diet, and I was getting plenty of exercise. 

When I started college I found myself with an unlimited meal ticket that got me all the desserts I wanted...and no motivation to go to the gym to work out. I was introduced to Smirnoff Ice and late late nights. My world was basically 180ยบ different than what it had been just three months prior. You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to gain 20 pounds. I was actually pretty lucky that’s all I put on.

Fast forward five years and I found myself dating someone who was taking me rock climbing and river rafting and mountain biking and camping. I was hooked on fitness...and also 20 pounds lighter. 
That guy also happened to be the farmer I ended up marrying. Now that we have our two best gals in tow (2 and 4 years old) I find myself thrilled to set a good example for them every day. I want to feel my best so I can be the best for them. Makes total sense, right? 

So...today I’ll be sharing five things I do every single day to help me feel my best.

1 | Wake up early! I loooove waking up early. My alarm goes off at 5 am and I jump out of bed. Hear me out - I jump out of bed because I so so so look forward to the calm darkness of the morning when I can enjoy one or two cups of HOT coffee and not have to get a banana or change a diaper or get in a teepee or tell Sawyer to stop beating up her big sister. I cherish my early mornings. Not only do I drink coffee, but I also answer client e-mails, work on designs, send out revisions, and spend a healthy amount of time on Pinterest getting Pin-spired.
2 | Work out! Friends...working out is good for the soul. I usually get about 20 minutes of my workout in right when the girls wake up and they’re playing on the living room floor with dolls or Magnaformers or maybe they’re even working out with me! Truly...the other day Kaye and Sawyer, both, were rocking the yoga poses and I couldn’t have been happier or more proud.
3 | After my workout I enjoy one of several of my favorite smoothies. Along with a smoothie I always take my shot of apple cider vinegar (yes...I’m crazy and convinced it works.
So - first comes smoothie, then ACV, and finally...the vitamin

Recently I read a whole thing about how biotin is an awesome supplement for your hair, skin, and nails. And since my hair needs all the help it can get I said, “Count me in for some of that.” I’ve tried it in two forms - Pill (about a year ago) and gummy vitamin. 

Give me that gummy vitamin a million times over. Sundown Naturals® makes a Biotin Gummy Vitamin and I feel like I won the vitamin lottery. The only downside is you’re only supposed to take one a day...and I’d like to pop them like M&M’s. And I probably could considering they’re free of dairy and lactose (big no no for me) and gluten and wheat◊.

I found my Sundown Naturals® Adult Biotin Gummies at Walmart and the selection of vitamins they have on hand is wonderful!
4 | Plan our dinner. I’m so good with breakfast, snacks, and lunch. It’s easy to eat healthy and have quick things to grab for those meals. Dinner is a different story. When it comes time to make dinner I’m usually tired and spent and just want to sit. “Fend for yourselves, girls!” But...I’ve found that if I’ve set out a protein or even prepped some of the goodies earlier in the day...making the meal instead of grabbing a box of macaroni and cheese is far more appealing. Plan dinner...check!
5 | Early to bed. Sleep...enough sleep is so essential to function. And if you’re waking at 5 am every day you’re probably dozing off during bedtime stories with your kids. Or is that just me? So...as soon as my gals are in dreamland (usually by 8pm at the latest) I’m starting my nighttime routine as well. Prep the coffee, wash the face, answer final e-mails, maybe write a blog post, and fall asleep reading. Probably some drool involved in there.

Those five things - You’ll find me doing them each and every single day. 

I’m a creature of habit. 

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September 16, 2016

OH HEY, FRIDAY! | TRACTOR ACCIDENT


so, uh...so much for a super awesome 33'rd birthday.

or if awesome equals having a swollen t-rex arm that just kind of hangs there...then...well, i'm pretty awesome.

and to make things worse, my farmer's birthday was a few days ago. he didn't even get any birthday lovin'. poor guy.

but you know what he did get? a cake from whole foods (because i wasn't about to attempt to bake a cake one handed) and i hung a birthday banner. i REALLY wanted to blow up balloons...but that is yet another task that can't be accomplished with one hand.

oh! in case you missed it - read all about how i broke my elbow last saturday.

but before you do that...

1 | grab this here snazzy summer-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.

my five - 

1 | did you see?

i totally opened up another little etsy shop! yes...now i have two.

i have my first shop - Karli Bell Branding & Design where i take care of all your blogging / small business needs. and then i opened another one!

Wink & Ink Paperie is going to be a little invitation / announcement / party paper goods shoppe. oh! and i'm going to do all the designing / printing / cutting / packaging...right here on the farm.

just waiting on that first sale...

tick tock tick tock.

2 | designs
oh! you want to see a few designs? so happy to oblige!
 

3 | big farm accident
you guys - yesterday as my farmer was driving back with the girls from mccall i received a phone call from one of our employees. all i heard was, "you need to come here. i'm by the rodeo grounds."

i was like...yeah. okay. 

admittedly, i'm never one to blow things up until i have time to assess for myself. i always assume things aren't as bad as what someone is making them out to be. i'm not sure what that's called, but in this case, i was dead wrong. 

as i was approaching the scene a firetruck slowed me down and told me to "be careful. there's an accident up ahead." i drove around the curve, and there it was. 
our tractor and baler were kind of pulled off to the side and then a truck facing the wrong was was completely smashed in. i parked, jumped out and got all the details. 
long story short - we were all surprised the driver of the truck walked away with no injuries. also...our employee was completely fine. just super shook up...as he should have been. he thought he killed the guy. and lastly - it was the truck driver's fault. we're not sure if he fell asleep or has a medical condition or what...but he was in the oncoming lane going about 50 mph. our employee tried to steer out of his way...but tractors don't exactly turn on a dime. he slammed into our baler and spun. the road was blocked up for a good 20 minutes...but it's a situation like that that makes you appreciate living in a super small town. i knew both the sheriff and the paramedic - which was super reassuring.
4 | my gals are home
there is nothing sweeter than a reunion. yesterday, after the accident situation, my farmer brought my two best gals back to me. i was greeted with squeals and hugs and "mama!" and kisses and...it was glorious. 

later on...i couldn't make dinner and i couldn't change sawyer's disgusting diaper. and while i did offer all the verbal support, it was kind of nice. don't tell my farmer. here's to four weeks of no diaper duty!

in my defense - i totally did the dishes.

5 | happy weekend!
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here's to a little champagne sippin', birthday cake eatin', cuddle my best gals weekend!

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