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I have been so busy lately and crocheting nearly non-stop to keep up with the Christmas market. So last night I left my yarn and hooks in my booth and promised my littles that this morning and early afternoon would be all about crafting and cooking and simple Christmas pleasures. 
I got up before everyone else and walked the dogs on crisp, crunchy, frost covered grass. I heated up the oven and filled it with orange slices to dry for our tree. I started a big pot of heart rosemary pork stew for our lunch. Now the children are stringing popcorn and cranberries, I'm sipping on roasted chestnut coffee with honey and milk. The whole house is filled with scent of orange and simmering soup. 
It's easy to forget to stop and enjoy in this busy season. To get lost and overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. The shopping, the wrapping, the orders going out, the decorating. But I don't want to miss the magic. This morning, this is the magic.
I have been so busy lately and crocheting nearly non-stop to keep up with the Christmas market. So last night I left my yarn and hooks in my booth and promised my littles that this morning and early afternoon would be all about crafting and cooking and simple Christmas pleasures. I got up before everyone else and walked the dogs on crisp, crunchy, frost covered grass. I heated up the oven and filled it with orange slices to dry for our tree. I started a big pot of heart rosemary pork stew for our lunch. Now the children are stringing popcorn and cranberries, I'm sipping on roasted chestnut coffee with honey and milk. The whole house is filled with scent of orange and simmering soup. It's easy to forget to stop and enjoy in this busy season. To get lost and overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done. The shopping, the wrapping, the orders going out, the decorating. But I don't want to miss the magic. This morning, this is the magic.
You guys. The best mail days are the ones that bring more oils. I was so excited these came before I had to leave this afternoon. I'm especially excited about cheer and forgive because I've been a smidge grumpy lately trying to keep up with everything. Those are going on my diffuser cuff asap! 
Oh and that beautiful big bottle of frankincense oil? Totally free. That's a $93 value!! 😱 I use this oil every day. 
Do you want free oils and 25% off retail prices too? Shoot me a message and I'll answer any questions you might have!
You guys. The best mail days are the ones that bring more oils. I was so excited these came before I had to leave this afternoon. I'm especially excited about cheer and forgive because I've been a smidge grumpy lately trying to keep up with everything. Those are going on my diffuser cuff asap! Oh and that beautiful big bottle of frankincense oil? Totally free. That's a $93 value!! 😱 I use this oil every day. Do you want free oils and 25% off retail prices too? Shoot me a message and I'll answer any questions you might have!
Step aside grumpy cat, Oliver is in town! Seriously though, why is my cat so grumpy? I'm going to have to diffuse some lavender or something to chill him out. πŸ˜‚
Step aside grumpy cat, Oliver is in town! Seriously though, why is my cat so grumpy? I'm going to have to diffuse some lavender or something to chill him out. πŸ˜‚
Because sometimes you just need tomato soup and grilled cheese late at night. Especially after spending six hours in the cold forest. This is cozy and warm and exactly what I need.
Because sometimes you just need tomato soup and grilled cheese late at night. Especially after spending six hours in the cold forest. This is cozy and warm and exactly what I need.
Making sweet memories.
Making sweet memories.
It's quite cold here today. The kids have spent the morning dipping pretzel rods in chocolate, walking on ice and watching Christmas movies. I've cleaned and made a big pot of herbed chicken noodle soup. Chock full of rosemary, sage, thyme, bay leaf, garlic and onion it's the perfect soup to warm up our bellies and souls. 
Baking and paper snowflake making this afternoon.
It's quite cold here today. The kids have spent the morning dipping pretzel rods in chocolate, walking on ice and watching Christmas movies. I've cleaned and made a big pot of herbed chicken noodle soup. Chock full of rosemary, sage, thyme, bay leaf, garlic and onion it's the perfect soup to warm up our bellies and souls. Baking and paper snowflake making this afternoon.
Working on tiny headbands and drinking eggnog coffee. Good Sunday morning feels.
Working on tiny headbands and drinking eggnog coffee. Good Sunday morning feels.
Treasures from our walk. 🌲 pinecones 🌲 rosemary 🌲 clematis seeds 🌲
These simple treasures inspired the blend on my diffuser cuff today: wild orange, douglas fir and rosemary
Treasures from our walk. 🌲 pinecones 🌲 rosemary 🌲 clematis seeds 🌲 These simple treasures inspired the blend on my diffuser cuff today: wild orange, douglas fir and rosemary
I woke up and I glanced out the window. The sight of pinks and reds streaking the sky was enough to make me jump out of bed and run outside barefoot (brrr) to snap a few photos and stand for a brief (cold) moment watching the sky. 
Had a late night last night with my mum @dawn563 but fortunately this morning I have motivate (my oils came yesterday!) and a full pot of coffee. I don't leave for the market until 2:30 this afternoon and my whole morning plans include working on orders and playing with new yarn. 
Did I mention I got new yarn?!? #sunrise #sky #skyscape #trees #sacred #wintersunrise #red #redsky #nature #mothernature #landscape #landscapephotography #pnw #pacificnw #homestead
I woke up and I glanced out the window. The sight of pinks and reds streaking the sky was enough to make me jump out of bed and run outside barefoot (brrr) to snap a few photos and stand for a brief (cold) moment watching the sky. Had a late night last night with my mum @dawn563 but fortunately this morning I have motivate (my oils came yesterday!) and a full pot of coffee. I don't leave for the market until 2:30 this afternoon and my whole morning plans include working on orders and playing with new yarn. Did I mention I got new yarn?!? #sunrise  #sky  #skyscape  #trees  #sacred  #wintersunrise  #red  #redsky  #nature  #mothernature  #landscape  #landscapephotography  #pnw  #pacificnw  #homestead 
All the Christmas chaos. Old fashion egg nog. Christmas tree cakes. Sparkly ornaments. Twinkle lights. Kittens into everything. 
The house isn't perfectly clean. We struggled through the morning. I'm still really exhausted. But it's ok. It's good even. There is beauty here and I need to stop and appreciate it. I only have three more Christmases after this one with all six of my children still children. I'll be damned if I'm going to waste a single moment worrying about perfection or appearances. 
#Christmas #christmastime #appreciate #gratitude #tree #christmastree #family
All the Christmas chaos. Old fashion egg nog. Christmas tree cakes. Sparkly ornaments. Twinkle lights. Kittens into everything. The house isn't perfectly clean. We struggled through the morning. I'm still really exhausted. But it's ok. It's good even. There is beauty here and I need to stop and appreciate it. I only have three more Christmases after this one with all six of my children still children. I'll be damned if I'm going to waste a single moment worrying about perfection or appearances. #Christmas  #christmastime  #appreciate  #gratitude  #tree  #christmastree  #family 
I'm not gonna lie, this show is kicking my butt. I'm totally an in bed by 8 kinda gal so getting home at 11 is like slow death for me. Top that off with being out in the cold for hours on end and I'm running on empty. Thank goodness for oils! Diffusing lemon and peppermint today for energy and focus. 
Just a couple more hours at home and I'm headed off to Silverton again for another night at the market! 
#essentialoils #peppermint #lemon #focus #energy #forwhenyourecompletelywornout #whichiam #omgineedsleepsobad #christmasseason #lifeasanartisan #smallbusinessproblems #whenyouworkforyourself
I'm not gonna lie, this show is kicking my butt. I'm totally an in bed by 8 kinda gal so getting home at 11 is like slow death for me. Top that off with being out in the cold for hours on end and I'm running on empty. Thank goodness for oils! Diffusing lemon and peppermint today for energy and focus. Just a couple more hours at home and I'm headed off to Silverton again for another night at the market! #essentialoils  #peppermint  #lemon  #focus  #energy  #forwhenyourecompletelywornout  #whichiam  #omgineedsleepsobad  #christmasseason  #lifeasanartisan  #smallbusinessproblems  #whenyouworkforyourself 
December 1st! I'm only very slightly (ok a lot) panicking about everything I have to do for Christmas and the lack of time to do it in. Somehow it'll all happen and it will be magical and beautiful and I'll only completely exhausted. All worth it.
#christmastree #christmas #selfie #december1st #christmastime #busy #holidays #holidayseason #yuletide #yule #mostwonderfultimeoftheyear #momlife
I'm roasting up some root veggies to go along baked tilapia for lunch today and this beet was just too pretty not to take a photo! 
Since I have to leave at 2pm every day to get my booth set up on time, we've been switching lunch and dinner, big meals mid-day and sandwiches in the evening. Makes things easier on all of us with me away in the evenings.
#beet #prettyproduce #realfood #goodfood #lunch #dinner #food #yum
I'm roasting up some root veggies to go along baked tilapia for lunch today and this beet was just too pretty not to take a photo! Since I have to leave at 2pm every day to get my booth set up on time, we've been switching lunch and dinner, big meals mid-day and sandwiches in the evening. Makes things easier on all of us with me away in the evenings. #beet  #prettyproduce  #realfood  #goodfood  #lunch  #dinner  #food  #yum 
Today is reserved for my kiddos. We brought home our first tree and are spending the day decorating and tidying and eating all the snacks.
I work so much this month it can be overwhelming. I'm making a point to have my days off be time spent with my little's. 
#christmastime #Christmas #christmastree #milkglass #makingmemories #christmasmemories #cherishthesmallmoments #joy #holidays #christmas2017 #theforestfarmhouse
I've never made a pecan pie from scratch before but judging from how this one smells... Nailed it! 
Ahhh, I can't wait to eat tomorrow! 
And knowing my children, I made it once so now it will be "tradition". My sister and I were the same way as kids. "But Mom, it's TRADITION!"
My poor mother would reply, "But we only did it once!" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
That's how traditions are born around here in this family! How do you form new traditions? 
#lovewildnovember #lovewildtribe #pecanpie #pie #homebaked #homemade #thanksgiving #dessert #yum #itsmellssogood #doihavetowaituntiltomorrow 
@dawn563 @grandmabeanie_ @lovewildtribe
I've never made a pecan pie from scratch before but judging from how this one smells... Nailed it! Ahhh, I can't wait to eat tomorrow! And knowing my children, I made it once so now it will be "tradition". My sister and I were the same way as kids. "But Mom, it's TRADITION!" My poor mother would reply, "But we only did it once!" πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ That's how traditions are born around here in this family! How do you form new traditions? #lovewildnovember  #lovewildtribe  #pecanpie  #pie  #homebaked  #homemade  #thanksgiving  #dessert  #yum  #itsmellssogood  #doihavetowaituntiltomorrow  @dawn563 @grandmabeanie_ @lovewildtribe
No really, make yourselves comfortable. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
#catnap #catlife #kittens #kittensofinstagram #lifewithcats #orangetabby #socute
Messy desk means one thing here: new jewelry is being created! 
Bulking up my earring game for the market! 
#handmade #handmadejewelry #earrings #bohojewelry #bohemianvibes #working #messydesk #creativityismessy #citg2017 #makersgottamake #filigree
They do not approve of this rainy weather. No siree! 
#goats #goatsofinstagram #farmlife #homestead #homesteading #urbanfarm #urbanhomestead #lifewithgoats #autumn #pnw #rain #rainyday