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August 26, 2016

OH HEY, FRIDAY! | YOU CAN'T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS


here it is...friday again. i hope no one suffered too bad from the back to school blues.

or maybe you were popping champagne and waving goodbye to your kids on the bus?

me...no school for kaye. i have found a delightful little school for my best gal, but we're on the wait list. i'm really hoping an air force family moves soon. was that terrible to say?

regardless...this school is only 30 minutes from our house - as opposed to having to drive kaye into boise. i'm super jazzed about it and so is kaye.

best part? it isn't going to cost a trillion dollars to take her there two days a week. (praise jesus hands.)

anyway, while i'm doing that, you should...

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 | little mango
so...i chatted briefly about little mango last week...and then in two posts this week...but since i actually had my camera out i thought...why not talk about them a little more! 
if you missed it, my two best gals got to tap into their inner model and rock some clothes from little mango...and friends. i'm in love. their clothes are the absolute cutest! go. look. now.
you can also see kaye's modeling session here.
and sawyer's session here.
and by modeling - i mean i took them out into a dirt patch and made them stand there.
2 | in the kitchen

friends - i think i can officially say that i can cook. i mean...sure. i've been keeping my family alive with my delicious concoctions for a few years now...but the other night i made up a recipe completely from my own brain and i can't even believe it happened.

i was inspired by baked spaghetti. even though i've never eaten baked spaghetti. i was kind of walking around the kitchen trying to talk myself out of making anything mexican food related...probably enchiladas. we had already had tacos...so i didn't want to double duty it.

i chopped some onion and got out some shredded chicken...and before i knew it i was layering that mixture with quinoa, chopped spinach, and parmesan...oh. and spaghetti sauce. i popped it right into the oven for a super healthy spin on baked spaghetti and it was a total win with the whole family.

i'll be making it again soon to share as a recipe post for sure.

3 | hand lettering

hand lettering - also known as - you're 32. don't try new things...you're probably going to suck at it.

kidding, kidding. i'm all about trying new things. but here's the thing - i thought i was going to be good at this hand lettering thing. that's a lie. i didn't think i was going to be good...but i thought i'd be able to do it...with some ease...and come out on the other end mildly appreciative of what i had created.

amy and i went to a class at a local paper goods store on tuesday evening. it was super fun. we learned some basic lettering skills and how to draft ideas and blah blah blah...you would think something halfway decent would have come out of all that practice.

ummm...nope. hand lettering is hard. hand lettering requires a ton of practice and some artistic skill. as it turns out...people learn this in college.

lesson learned - a three hour crash course, while fun, will not magically turn you into an artist. noted.

4 | our little garden
we have the sweetest little garden this year. actually, our first garden ever. 

and by sweet i mean it's absoulutely grown wild. as in...tomato plants are completely tangled and overgrown. they've taken over. but...they are producing! 

we have cherry tomatoes, regular? tomatoes, the cutest "snack" peppers, zucchini, and pumpkins. six pumpkins to be exact. they are about as big as canteloup right now and i'd be happy if they stayed that size. they are so cute. 

the girls and i have been going down to the garden each day and plucking the fruits of our labor. actually...i weed and kaye eats the tomatoes.

it's been super fun and i'll know to not plant six tomato plants right next to each other next year.

5 | kaye
my gal. she's been the absolute cutest as of late. 
i took her to check out a preschool yesterday. and while we were put on a wait list, i can't imagine they wouldn't want my sweet gal as a part of their classroom as soon as possible. 

she used her very best manners. held sawyer's hand as we walked from classroom to classroom. 

even at home she's been responding with - "yes mom." and "okay mom." no arguing. and she's been a huge helper. 

if this is what four is going to look like...count me in. 

random side note - if you have a tent...set it up for your children. maybe they'll decide it's a great place to take a nap.
okay! happiest of weekends. i'll be plotting out this last weekend in august what i'm going to be doing my entire birthday month!
August 23, 2016

SAWYER IS CRUSHING MY CAREER GOALS

i'm back - two days in a row. that's a pretty big deal. but when i'm talking about fellow mama business owners i like to share and show all the love. 

love love love. 

plus i'm positioning my two best gals to be able to date katie's boys here in 20 years. (and not a moment earlier. i mean - 24 and 22 are super great ages to start the dating game, right?)

anyway...yesterday i shared all about my little model, kaye. when we went out for her photo shoot to feature her Little Mango outfit i was expecting tears, frustration, babbling...all from me. you see...my family unit HATES the camera. that's why i keep insisting they are trying to sabotage my #bloggoals.
but you can see from yesterday's post - kaye totally rocked it! my best gal! she was happy to put the clothes on. she picked out her shoes. she even let me put the headband on her. you should have seen my face as she happily agreed to each of my requests. apparently she likes Little Mango goodies as much as I do.
but let's rewind to a few days prior when i took sawyer out for her moment in the spotlight. i dodged a few hits, slaps...and i think she even tried to bite me. don't get me wrong...i know she loved the clothes. and even if she didn't...i LOVED the clothes...and that's really what's important here. 
can we talk about the sequin booty shorts? oh mercy. sequin booty shorts on baby thighs all day errr day.

a note to my second born - sawyer. embrace those booty shorts that make your derrière sparkle and shine. your window to pull those off is closing.
regardless...i gave her my iphone and a binkie and placed her in the middle of a dirt patch on our property and started snapping away. my game plan was strong and to only have closeup shots of her thighs or body shots of her back. through her tears she really had no idea what was going on. 
35 seconds later she had a snack and was back in my arms. 

i'm not sure if that's a testament to her modeling skills and effortlessness in front of the camera...or me. whatever the case - i could eat her thighs. 

things just got weird. 

mission accomplished. 
so, while i'm eating my youngest gal's thighs...i'll also be doing a bit more shopping - Little Mango style. and you should too!

you can follow Little Mango on all their social media outlets! do it for the cuteness. do it for the inspiration. do it to support a fellow mama small business owner!


side note - except it's not a side note...it's an important note - get your discount on!

after you're done adding way too many goodies to your shopping cart, use the code SEPTEMBERFARM for 15% off your entire purchase! (cannot be combined with another coupon)

shop 'til you drop!
August 22, 2016

THAT ONE DAY MY BEST GAL BECAME A MODEL - #MOMAGER

when it comes to this blog there are a few things we can all agree on -

+ i'm a little bit crazy. if you're new here...we should just get that on the table. 

+ i live on a farm but i know not nearly enough about farming.

+ i try to write fun reads about daily life.

+ i like to share healthy living tips and recipes.

+ i DO NOT claim to be a fashion expert. it's not my thing. not for me. not for my farmer. not for our girls.

i mean, sure. i'll put together a post with some shirts i think are cute or with the latest babygap finds i bought for my gals...but that's usually for one of two reasons - i didn't have anything to write about and / or i was trying to make a little affiliate mula.

now that that's out there - i want to express that this post IS a fashion post. i did take my girls out to take pictures of them in specific clothes. and no...this is not an affiliate program.

a friend, katie, who used to blog (her blog was fantastically funny and witty and wonderful) recently started her own children's clothing boutique. i knew this was the perfect move for her because her son cruz was always looking super fresh and fly in all of his pictures. all i could think in my head was, "my poor gals. i'm doing them a disservice."

enter Little Mango.


i can't say enough about the cuteness of their goodies. not only are they cute, but check out my best gal in this black romper. i've had her in rompers before and she was not a fan. something about the connection of the shirt and shorts. she's a dress or stretch pants kind of gal. but girlfriend thought this black romper was a total keeper. it's super soft and comfortable and perfect for her wild ways.

and while i give this romper a trillion heart eyes and praise hands and fist bumps...the purse. the gold purse is everything.

friends - if you have a special gal on your list between the ages of three+...go ahead and snag this gold purse. you won't regret it. kaye wears it every day and stores her most important gear - chapstick, a rock, small stuffed animal, etc. all at the same time. i'm shocked at how much a mini-purse can hold. 


i encourage you to not visit little mango's website. okay, do. maybe you'll snag this striped tunic dress that you wish came in your size? or maybe your gal needs a peplum top to match the three you already have in your collection?
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to complete your purchases...don't forget...they have headbands! darling headbands. or maybe i just think kaye is darling? or maybe i just couldn't believe she was letting me take pictures of her? maybe it's all three.
even more good news, friends.

you can follow Little Mango on all their social media outlets! do it for the cuteness. do it for the inspiration. do it to support a fellow mama small business owner!


side note - except it's not a side note...it's an important note - get your discount on!

after you're done adding way too many goodies to your shopping cart, use the code SEPTEMBERFARM for 15% off your entire purchase! (cannot be combined with another coupon)

and while i may be talking all things girl clothes today...don't be afraid to peruse for all the boy options too. 

and katie - if you're reading - please start offering a styling service. k...thanks.


pop over here tomorrow where i'll be sharing sawyer's photo shoot in her sparkle booty shorts and talk about how to take pictures while your child cries the entire time. super fun.

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