Thrift Store Scores: Lite Brite and Creepy Doll

Ben had to make a run into Washington so the boys and I rode along and met up with my mom at a thrift store.

I was thrilled to find a Lite Brite!

I’ve told the boys about how much I loved my Lite Brite as a kid, but they just didn’t understand the appeal. You push pins into a lit box? They still may not love it as much as I did, but they understand a bit better now. You’d bette believe I brought this home with me!

Then we found this little gem. How do creepy things like this even make it into the stores? I guess we knw why it was at the thrift store. I hope someone gives her a home.

Our shopping was cut short by an incoming ice storm. It wasn’t supposed to sweep through the area until much later, but it changed its mind. Too bad, because the boys are getting to the point where they enjoy thrift stores about as much as I do!

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Magical Visit

We went back to the Magic House with some friends. The Lego exhibit is leaving soon so we had to make the most of it while it’s still available. We stayed for almost 3 hours and they still weren’t ready to leave.

Big Bubble!


The Honorable Judge Nolen

I still haven’t decided if I want to get a membership, but I’m seriously considering it. It’s certainly close to home which is nice!

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Gabe’s been obsessed with donuts, but the paleo donuts I’ve found are either too fussy or just aren’t very good. I’m happy to say that this one is a winner.

Chocolatey goodness

If you’re making them for breakfast, just leave off the topping like I did. Otherwise you can drizzle some chocolate or eve paleo caramel over them! Yum! So moist and delicious!

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Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

You can find the basic recipe here.

Just add honey to taste and it’s ready to go!

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The Sign Says it All

It’s February! It felt good to take down the remaining winter decor and bust out all of the springy stuff. Winter can’t last forever!

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Nerding it Up

Ben’s been involved in our church’s cafe for a while now and I’ve heard a lot about it and knew the people involved, but kept making excuses on why I shouldn’t join. It became apparent though that, even though I have no desire to make espresso drinks, there was still plenty for me to do.

So now I’m officially on the Cafe team and am responsible for scheduling, and writing up policies and procedures, and organization. Pretty much all the nerdy admin stuff that I love. It’s been a good fit so far! I’m loving it!

The church’s cafe area has been renovated slowly over the past several months and there’s more to come here soon. I wish I’d thought to get a “before” picture because I know it’s going to be a big change!


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New Glasses

I forgot to grab a photo of his old glasses, but they were in such poor shape! One of the arms broke off and were being held in place by tape! Hahahaha.

Anyway, here are his new glasses:

Side view

Handsome boy

I’m sure one of these days he’ll want contacts, but for now he’s content to wear glasses and he looks good in them, too!

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Cashew Milk

I’ve been meaning to make my own nut milk for a long time now, but just felt overwhelmed at the idea of making yet another thing from scratch.

Earlier this year, we stopped drinking goat milk since our friend’s goats stopped producing. Our chiro thought it might help Gabe’s asthma, too, to go completely dairy-free.

So we went dairy-free, but there’s just so much junk in store-bought milks! Plus, nuts really should be soaked in order to make them more gut-friendly. Since we were drinking almond and cashew milk every morning in our smoothies, I wanted something that would be easy on our stomachs.

I finally made some cashew milk and it was so easy! Barely any straining and I was easily able to make enough for a week!

I’m glad I went ahead and did this and I wish I hadn’t put it off for so long!

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Pitch Perfect 3

Yes, we love these movies.

No, we don’t care what people think of us because of that admission.

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Happy 11th Birthday, Tiza!

My niece is 11! I still remember when she was an itsy-bitsy baby!

Luke already had plans, but Gabe and I drove down to her pizza party.

The best part of the day was the huge box of bubble wrap that my sister passed and and let the kids go crazy on. The manager approved that plan, but I can only imagine he was kicking himself. It was deafening and I can only imagine how it sounded to the other customers!


She received a ton of cool craft stuff so she and I are getting together soon!20

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