I thought it would be fun to document our monthly highlights to give you a little sneak peak into our family life each month. I can’t promise this will be a regular series. I’m not real reliable like that. 😉 But today, you get highlights.
One thing we like to do our fair share of in this house is eat! We do it quite well too, if I do say so myself. So well, that we’ve pretty much ruined ourselves to eating out at regular restaurants anymore. We always think, “We could have made this at home with better ingredients, better flavor, and a fraction of the cost!” March was no exception. Here are some of our favorite meals at home this month.
Potatoes, cheese, onions, ham? My mouth waters when I think of these scalloped potatoes with ham. We ate ours a main dish, but it would also work as a side without the ham. I plan to make it again when we have leftover ham from Easter in a few weeks.
These roasted vegetables were my easy go-to side dish several times this month. It’s good for lazy people like me. Chop, season, roast. I mix up the vegetables depending on what is in season and what I have in the refrigerator that needs to be used. Super simple and super tasty.
I made these chicken fajitas last week and my husband ate four of these little babies! He just about made me sick watching him eat. They really are tasty though and the corn saute just adds a little something special that kicks it up a notch. I think next time I will add diced jalepenos to it as well. I imagine that the spice from the jalepenos and sweetness from the corn will make lovely friends. Kristin always has great recipes and this one surely did not disappoint.
I have a tomato soup recipe on here that I really enjoy, but some of my friends kept raving over this garden tomato soup from Holistic Squid. I have to say, they were right. So delicious. I literally licked my bowl clean, after I dunked my real food grilled cheese sandwich in the tomato-y goodness of course.
Homeschooling is going well. We have been spending lots of time at the library exploring books, playing with their new kid’s section, and attending story time. We have the BEST story time teacher. She is so animated, sings songs, and we do a fun craft. Both kids love it.
We did a butterfly unit this month and Bailey was pretending to be a chrysalis here. She eventually broke out and became a beautiful butterfly.
The weather has finally warmed enough to play outside again. We made sure to get in lots of scooter and bike time this month. Fresh air was needed by all!
The toy of the month in this house has definitely been these magnetic tiles. Both kids (and mom and dad) adore them and build elaborates structures like the photo above multiple times a day. Best money spent on a toy in a long time. We take these to my daughter’s dance class while we wait in the lobby, and all of the kids flock to them. Even bigger kids like 9-12 love playing with them.
I got bit by a rare cleaning bug this month. I started out the month strong on my Spring cleaning checklist, and then my headaches hit, which put me on the couch for a couple of weeks. After finally finding some relief treating my headaches holistically, I finally finished my long list and cleaned the house from top to bottom, all with non-toxic homemade cleaners too.
We also did a ton of purging too, getting ready for our yard sale next month. They toys especially have started taking over the home. My son likes to just take out bins and dump them, spewing the useless junk toys all over the place. Every time I try to throw away a little piece of paper or a broken plastic wheel, I get major push back from my littles. How dare I throw away their favorite thing ever that they never play with? I loved this post from Vintage Kids, Modern World on how to purge the kids’ toys without causing mutiny. I actually think there’s hope for us yet.
As a science experiment with Bailey, we decided to start our seeds indoors. We tested some old seeds leftovers from years past to see if they were still good. You know the trick. Put them in a wet paper towel and place in a baggie, wait a few days, and see if they sprout. If they sprout, your seeds are good. If they don’t, toss ’em. I really expected our seeds to not sprout, but surprisingly they all did. We ended up planting them in some soil and old compost from outside, and they seriously took off! We really need to plant them in the ground outside because they’re outgrowing these little containers, but it’s still too cold, so we’re just continuing to babysit them inside. I hope they make it.
Next on my list is to sprout some sweet potatoes so I can eat the leaves and also plant some in the garden. I had no idea you could eat sweet potato leaves. Apparently they’re pretty tasty. Who knew?
Do you notice a sprouting theme here? I’m carrying on with this theme and getting excited about growing more sprouts to put in my salads. I love this tutorial from The Skinny Pear on the health benefits of sprouts and how to do it in your own home for a fraction of the cost and just a little patience. I think it might be another fun experiment to do with my kiddos.
I tried two more homemade toothpaste recipes this month. I’ve been making my own for a little while now when I don’t have Earthpaste, but I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to perfect my own. I tried this simple homemade peppermint toothpaste from Live Simply and homemade toothpaste from Red and Honey. Both were great recipes and received well by the hubs.
I’m still using yucky drugstore makeup. I haven’t been able to find a clean natural makeup that is affordable. I saw this DIY organic foundation several weeks ago and immediately wanted to try it. I have hesitated though wondering, “Does homemade foundation work?” From the photos from Jessica at Scratch Mommy, it looks like it indeed does! I just need to get some zince oxide and shea butter and I’m good to go. Yippee! Wish me luck.
Lastly, Momma got a bit crafty this month. Bailey got an American girl doll from my sister in law for Christmas this year. I always said she would never get one from us because I think they are very expensive and sometimes can be a status symbol. Low and behold, she got one anyway. After it sat on her dresser for about a month, I asked her why she hadn’t been playing with it. Sweetly she said, “I think it’s just a little too fancy for me, Mommy.” Poor girl had been afraid to play with it out of fear that she would mess her up. So we spent the rest of the evening fixing her hair, playing with her, and reading to her. A few nights later Bailey brought Caroline to me and asked if I could make her a new dress. “I can’t play dress up with her if I only have one dress for her.” Good point. I broke out the sewing machine, found a simple FREE American girl doll dress pattern online, and did a horrible job sewing the easiest dress in the world. A seamstress I am not, but I’m learning, and my little girl loved it. She has already designed lots of other things for me to sew for Caroline. I guess by the time I’m done, I might know how to sew a little.
That was our month in a nutshell! How was yours?