Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am celebrating!! ....and you may ask but why??? Since it has looked like this out my windows for what feels like forever now...

But I am celebrating anyways, Because even though it looks like this outside... inside I get to look at this:
 AND This :

 every day, all day long :D and I <3 it!!! So we must celebrate :D and what better way to celebrate a rainy day with 2 lovies as cute as these two than with these? : 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from pennies on a platter and there's no better way to make cookies than with the best little helper one can find right?? 

(This is Owen's "like really??? you have to have the camera in my face while I eat my cookie??" face)

And apparently Mother Nature decided to join the celebration too, because now it looks like this outside and I can hear all the lovely birdies singing their hearts out about it too!! 

So find something to celebrate so you can make some yummy cookies, and it just might change your whole day!  <3 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ant Wars

Do you remember that adorable little window licker I was talking about yesterday? Well not only is he the cause of my ever spitty/smudged windows... he's also the cause of this war! I am in a full fledged war against ants in my house!!! Let me give you a recap:

 It all started one day when my sweet adorable 2 year old decided to very sneakily drop some dry cheerios behind the couch in the living room (I presume he was trying to feed them to a cat...but he's also prone to "hiding" things for fun... lol ) Now I vacuum my house at least once a week but I usually just swipe the wand around under the couch all willy nilly for a few times until I work up the motivation to actually move all the stuff and get behind there really well! lol So who really knows how long they'd been back there in the first place ...sigh... Being as its spring now I didnt really think much of the one or two ants I saw one day scurrying around on my floors. Then the next day I saw more and more and more!! UGH! So I started paying attention to them closely... and thats when I found the cheerios! I quickly cleaned them up and started firing with my arsenal of cinnamon and mint water anywhere I had seen them! after a few days there were no ants to be seen and I thought we were in clear! I thought i'd won the war and we could go back to living our ant free lives!! YAY!!!!  I defeated these ants with out one drop of chemicals!!! :D I was so proud!

and then.....
I began to see them in small numbers on the other side of the room IN MY KITCHEN!!!!!! AHHHH!!
and now my friends we are in a full out Ant war of the century!!! I have been keeping my house super clean! Washing out dishes right away.. keeping counters and floors clear of any crumbs I can find.... my husband now refers to me as the crumb natzi .... and our vacuum has lived in the kitchen for weeks to be used after every meal!
(the repercussions of starting an ant least when you have a mean mommy that lets you help since its like your favorite thing to do "makes" you vacuum up your crumbs from lunch. )

I should have bought stock in cinnamon before this war started because now that the demand is up I apologize for the rise in rates!That cute little toddler is also quite annoyed that his  MEAN mommy wont let him eat those dry cheerios from the couch in the mornings as well..And yet those pesky little buggers are around more than ever! I am so completely tired of spending hours of my day watching and learning their ant like ways in hopes of out smarting them!! Tonight I broke down and I asked my hubby to spray some pesticide (the kind thats supposed to be safe around pets and kids after it dries) behind my stove since is where they seem to be coming from. I dont feel great about this choice, but after having nightmares of MASS ant invasions carrying of my children and feeling like I have ants crawling all over me with every twitch and tingle I feel, I felt it was best for my sanity to "bust out the big guns" ! I'll keep you updated on the results....I mean unless this whole thing turns out like that movie "The Ant Bully" and I end up being turned into an ant to learn some empathy towards the ant species and all that...

Monday, April 25, 2011

My new best friends

What is it about toddlers and licking windows... especially freshly cleaned windows! I mean seriously I wish I knew what goes on their heads sometimes!! Is it like one of those "cool" things to do like sticking your tongue on a cold flag pole or peeing in the pool??? I suppose the same could be said for pets ...and I mean really are they THAT much different?? lol and to all you parents out there... dont act like your kid has never licked a window!!! We all know it happens! Even the sweetest most cutest kiddo in the world is a window licker!! Case in point...

meet my window licker!

I mean could he get any more cute? I think not! and yet one of his favorite past times seems to be licking my windows and drawing in the spit he leaves there! lol!!  (this also applies to my glass coffee table and end tables ) I am not fond of my child ingesting chemicals... and its been driving me crazy knowing the cleaners I am using around my house are not really good for us our our pets! So I have been trying some new more " natural" cleaners for a couple years now and I always seem to go back to the old toxic ones because the others dont preform well enough! behold ... my new best friends! 

I have been using both these cleaners daily for about 2 weeks now ... and I have to say I LOVE them! They have taken spots off my walls with a simple spray and wipe of a cloth that I have scrubbed countless times with every other cleanesr and a bunch of elbow grease with no success! and I love knowing they are much better for us than the stuff we've been using so I had to share them with you and all your window lickers! ;P 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A bowl full of lemons.: Silhouette GIVEAWAY!!!!

I am hoping to win one of these AWESOME machines from A bowl full of lemons and posting a blog entry is a way for me to get an extra entry ;)

A bowl full of lemons.: Silhouette GIVEAWAY!!!!: "A SILHOUETTE GIVEAWAY!! I was sent a Silhouette Rhinestone Starter kit this month, to try out and giveaway along with a Silhouette SD Mac..."

Monday, April 18, 2011

21 day challenge - "Day 2 "- computer desk

This is day 2 of the 21 day challenge  from A bowl full of lemons! I dont have a computer desk since I just have my laptop and it generally lives on my kitchen island these days ( since I use it for cooking a ton) so I decided to tackle my craft desk ... which was a much needed project anyways! Its one of the spots in my house I am fighting with CONSTANTLY!! The desk happens to be in our bedrooms since it was the only place we could really restrict the kids from getting into my stuff ... lol  My biggest problem was I didnt really have "storage" for the awesome desk my hubby built me (per request after I saw it on Martha Stewart ;) lol ) and I have quite a bit of miscellaneous craft supplies since I could be a little ADD... like to dabble in several   So I cleaned out the closet under our stairs downstairs (forgot to take before and after pics...opps!! lol) and I brought up the thing of plastic drawers and I found some basket and bins that I re purposed as well....its MUCH BETTER now and unlike all the other hundreds of times I have "straightened" this area up, I feel much more confident that it wont end up going back to looking like an absolute wreck so easily!

please dont judge me for my before pic... I know its horrible and if you can believe it I actually just straightened it up about week ago.... LOL

and after :D I seriously cant wait to paint in here... that tan color is so Uninspiring ... lol not to mention its ALL over the house 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

21 day challenge - Day 1- The "junk" drawer

In my last post I told you I am doing this 21 one day challenge for getting my home more organized! I probably wont be doing this EVERY day for the next 21 days ...because something I need to start doing is investing in containers and such  for these types of projects! BUT we did a little "storage shopping" this weekend so I might be able to do a couple of them with what I got :D and now on to the junk drawer challenge from A bowl full of lemons  (please forgive the horrible pics... My husband someone needs to fix my camera screen that  his cat  the cat broke so I can actually see what I am doing....

 Before: and yes I know you cant see the whole drawer... but you get the idea of things I

All my junk on the table... lol

After: :) 

The biggest thing I did was sort though the papers that were shoved in there! I recycled a TON of expired coupons, Christmas cards, just random papers ect! lol but I am also in the beginning process of making a house hold binder like this one from IHeart Organizing!So I grabbed a folder to put all the coupons that are still good, a couple of take out menus, and the other random papers that I still need in until I get my binder set up! Here's to hoping my drawer stays looking like this ... and the things from my hubby's drawer the next drawer over dont end up migrating to my more spacious drawer! LOL 

Friday, April 8, 2011

21 day Challenge!

I dont know about any of you... but am TOTALLY addicted to reading blogs! Crafting blogs, baking blogs, home making blogs... I have an entire book mark folder that I am quickly compiling a list of my faves in!! lol I dont know if its because its finally spring or if I am just finally adjusted to being a mom of 2 (with a MUCH happier baby these days thank the Lord!) and no longer feel like I am barely keeping my head above water with an infant screaming 24/7 ... LOL but I feel motivated! Motivated to lose weight, motivated to work out, motivated to figure out how to stay more organized!! I am tired of feeling like I am losing this battle with my house on a daily bases!! I feel like I fight ALL day in between diaper changes, feedings, pumpings, playtime, ect to get the house at least somewhat picked up only to find it looking like I never did anything ALL day by the time we go to bed at night! LOL Thus I am on a quest to improve this situation!! Today I found this lovely blog : A bowl full of lemons and she has a section called the 21 day challenge! She started this segment in January ... but I am taking up now anyways :) So stay tuned for some organization blog posts from me ;) and join me if you'd like!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

conspiracy theory

I am fairly sure there is a conspiracy between my children to keep me from blogging! I cant even tell you how many times I have begun a new blog post in the last few weeks only to be distracted by someone who needs a diaper, wants some form of beverage/ food, or to be held! lol Such is the life of a SAHM with a toddler and an infant right? If I am being honest here I didnt even get to pee for the first time yesterday until after 2 pm so blogging has been pretty far down on the "to do" list :P

 One of these days I might get around to posting the like 3 recipes that I photographed like over a month ago... but on the other hand I dont know if my will power can handle it considering one of them is for one of my FAVORITE foods ever... homemade mac and cheese! and you see the Frifeldt parents are entering into a strict diet this week!! Mommy is ready to shed some of this baby weight and since my husband is quite certain that I am very much like the old witch from Hazel and Gretel and trying to fatten him up with all the yummy treats I am addicted to baking, He too is joining me on this quest to a thinner body! lol Now not to worry here friends... baking is not off the table!! Luckily for me my husbands coworkers quite enjoy when I send him off in the morning with tubs full of yumminess to share and how can I disappoint these hard working men??

Well now that "Timmy Time" is over...I am off to wipe some noses, change some diapers, and love on my babies <3

~ Hope your all having the most fantastic week <3 ~