Olympia Farmers Market Spotlight: Honey Bear Farm

26 08 2012

Welcome to my very first Olympia Farmer’s Market Spotlight!

Today’s Feature is Honey Bear Farm. Honey Bear Farm makes pure raw honey available for purchase. I’d love to spend a ton of time talking about how delicious their honey is, but its honey–either you like it or you don’t. Honey Bear Farm also offers honey sticks, pollen, in season fruits, year round vegetables, eggs, and novelty items for purchase.

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Old Window = Wall Art

23 08 2012

A few days ago I showed you a sneak peek of projects to come. I finished one of them and I’m so excited to share it with you. I found and old window and there were a few things I would have liked to done with it. I thought about making it into a to-do for my boys but decided that it wouldn’t feature the window as much. I also thought of making it into a family portrait frame but let that idea go quickly for a few reasons. Finally I settled on making it into a piece of wall art to hang above my headboard when I finish making-over my room.

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August 21, 2012

21 08 2012

Man, oh man! I am Tired! In the past few weeks I have been playing hostess almost non stop. I’m tired and cranky and ready for my home back, but school hasn’t started yet and that means more family will stop by. It’s inevitable.

I’m not really complaining. I do enjoy their company, I’m just saying that hosting people in you home for an extended time is tiring.

In any case I have found time to plan my next big project. Here’s a sneak peak!


I found these beauties, an old crate and widow, behind my garage. Super excited to get to work!

An Update on Stud Muffin {and a minor vent}

14 08 2012

The before and after pretty much speak for themselves, but I thought I’d give you a photo progression of his healing.

Day 1

Day 1:
This was taken while we were still in the emergency room. You can see the swelling accurately, but the inflammation and redness actually looked worse in real life. Too bad I can’t show you how hot and smelly that cheek was!


Day 3:
Swelling and redness have clearly all improved by this point. This was after he awoken from sleeping close to 24 hours straight.

Day 7:
Need I say more?

I’m so happy my little one is doing so much better. It doesn’t look like there will be a major scar there either. And if there is, thank goodness he is a boy!

Now I have to vent. Its not often that I get bitchy and moany, but when I do I have to let it out. Right now I feel as if my boys are in the hospital more often than most. I realize that this time was for an infected injury, but believe me when I tell you that they have been hospitalized several times for illnesses. I just don’t understand why at least one of them gets hospitalized at least once a year. We are healthy people. We eat right, we exercise, we take multivitamins, blah blah blah. We are not dirty people. I clean my house and my children practice good hygiene. So why do they always end up so sick?!!! Check this. I know this girl. We used to be friends, but aren’t anymore. Anyway, she has four kids. She smokes in the house, feeds them meat and potatoes or chicken nuggs and fries daily. They dont get out of the house. They dont take any sort of nutritional supplements. They are around less than savory people daily. Seems like a recipe for disaster, right? Guess what, not a single one of her kids have ever been hospitalized. Its just mind boggling. GAH!

Succulent Terrarium

14 08 2012

Succulent terrariums have been all over pinterest lately.  When they started showing up I got really excited because I have become mildly obsessed with succulents lately; I already had one arrangement in a pot, an aloe vera plant, and the ones featured in this post.  I’ve been wanting to make one for quite some time now and finally got the chance to do it today.  Its not the most spectacular DIY terrarium out there, but I’m pretty happy with it… especially since is cost me absolutely nothing.  Everything used was found around my house!

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Lavender Tea ♥

12 08 2012


I trimmed my lavender bush today and was having the hardest time deciding what to do with the seed pods. I was debating between a lavender bath to heal my headache or sewing a quick satchel when it dawned on me…. tea. I am going to make my lavender into a tea.

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A Day in the Life

9 08 2012

The past twelve hours have been interesting. As I type this I am sitting at Madigan Army Medical Center. My three year old, Prince L, was bitten by our dog. Against my better judgement I decided to not take him to the hospital right away. So of course the single puncture wound got severely infected.


This picture was from last night. Looks bad, but in person it wasn’t bad enough for me to be overly concerned.


This was taken right before I took him to the emergency room. You can clearly see the change in color, which in and of itself is more than enough cause for concern, but what you can’t see was his overall lethargy and how the area was HOT to the touch. He needed to been seen quickly!

However, once we were at MAMC, the staff didn’t seem to think he was all that important because we waited for another full hour after being triaged. It wasn’t until I pointed out the rapid increase in swelling and the pink spreading to his eye that they became alarmed.

Now here I am kicking myself for not following my instinct and taking him in straight away. Instead, I followed the advice of two idiots men who don’t have an ounce of mothers instinct. Had I listened to myself, the hospital staff said he would have only needed an oral antibiotic. Instead he is on a “super” antibiotic through his IV.

Prince L's antibiotics

This is one of those times that I hate being right.

In any case, he’s been examined by ER docs (4 to be exact), optamology, neuro, he’s had a CT scan, and we’re just ready to relax.


This is the most recent pic. You can already see the swelling going down!!! I was told that he could be in here for 24 hours to 2 weeks, depending on how his body fights the infection off. After seeing such quick improvement from only one round of antibiotics, I’m hopeful we will be out of here by tomorrow night… Friday afternoon at the latest.

Knock on wood.